Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Modern Tibetan history; Manchu Qing Empire frontiers; role of Tibetan Buddhism in Sino-Tibetan relations
Professor Tuttle, in his Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China (ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2005), examines thefailure of nationalism and race-basedideology to maintain the Tibetan territoryof the former Qing empire as integral tothe Chinese nation-state. He discussesthe critical role of pan-Asian Buddhismin Chinese efforts to hold onto Tibetanregions (one quarter of China’s currentterritory).
His current research project, for a book tentatively entitled “Amdo (Qinghai/Gansu): Middle Ground between Lhasaand Beijing,” focuses on Tibetan Buddhist institutional growth from the seventeenth to the twentieth century and how economic growth in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands fueled expansion and renewal of these institutions into the contemporary period. Other long-term writing projects include co-editing Sources of Tibetan Tradition for the series Introduction to Asian Civilizations and The Tibetan History Reader (both with Columbia University Press, forthcoming).
Professor Tuttle teaches courses on modern Tibetan history, the history of Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist relations, nationalist historiography in East Asia, and Tibetan civilization.
He received his AB from Princeton, his MA in regional studies (East Asian), and his PhD in inner Asian and Altaic studies from Harvard. He joined the Columbia faculty in 2005.
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