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 (Columbia University Press, 2005), examines the failure of nationalism and race-based ideology to maintain the Tibetan territory of the former Qing empire as integral to the Chinese nation-state. He discusses the critical role of pan-Asian Buddhism in Chinese efforts to hold onto Tibetan regions (one quarter of China’s current territory).
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. He also co-edited Sources of Tibetan Tradition for the series Introduction to Asian Civilizations, The Tibetan History Reader, and Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang (Columbia University Press).
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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Gray Tuttle and Ben Hillman, editors, Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West (Columbia University Press, 2016).
Gray Tuttle and Kurtis R. Schaeffer, editors, The Tibetan History Reader (Columbia University Press, 2013).
Gray Tuttle, Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China (Columbia University Press, 2005).
WEAI professor Gray Tuttle discusses China’s race problem in Foreign Affairs. April 21, 2015
WEAI professor Gray Tuttle talks about his new book as co-editor, The Tibetan History Reader, with the New Books in East Asian Studies podcast. April 16, 2015
WEAI professor Gray Tuttle talks about China and the Dalai Lama with the radio program Here & Now. March 12, 2015