Eveline Washul

Eveline Washul

Research Interest

Historical geographies of Tibet; Tibetan genealogies; anthropology of space and place; urbanization on the Tibetan Plateau

Eveline Washul is the Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program and an Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. She also is a Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. She received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology and Tibetan Studies from Indiana University in 2018. Her research methods combine ethnography with Tibetan historical sources from the 12th to 20th centuries. Her dissertation research studied how the particularities of Tibetan relationships to places shape their transition from rural to urban livelihoods in the late-socialist reform period in the People’s Republic of China. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the history of geographical regions in Tibet.


Washul, Eveline. “Tibetan Translocalities: Navigating Urban Opportunities and New Ways of Belonging in Tibetan Pastoral Communities in China.” Critical Asian Studies 50, no. 4 (2018): 493-517.

Washul, Eveline. “Tracing the Chol kha gsum: Reexamining a Sa skya-Yuan Period Administrative Geography.” 2016. In “Ancient Currents, New Traditions: Papers Presented at the Fourth International Seminar of Young Tibetologists,” edited by Franz Xaver Erhard et al. Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, 37: 551-68.