Lauran R. Hartley

Lauran R. Hartley

Research Interest

Tibetan Literature and Cultural Production, Translation Studies

Lauran Hartley is Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program and Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. She also serves as Adjunct Lecturer in Tibetan Literature for the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and previously taught courses on Tibetan literature and religion at Indiana and Rutgers universities. In addition to coediting the book Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change (Duke University Press, 2008) and serving as Inner Asian Book Review Editor for the Journal of Asian Studies, she has also published several literary translations and articles on Tibetan intellectual history. Her current research focuses on literary production and discourse from the 18th century to present.



Coeditor, Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change (Duke University Press, 2008)

“The Advent of Modern Tibetan Free-Verse Poetry in the Tibetan Language” in A New Literary History of Modern China (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017)

“Self as a faithful public servant: The autobiography of Mdo mkhar ba Tshe ring dbang rgyal (1697–1763)” in Mapping the Modern in Tibet. Proceedings of the 11th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, 2006 (Andiast, Switzerland: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies GmbH, 2011)

“Ascendancy of the Term rtsom-rig [literature] in Tibetan Literary Discourse” in Contemporary Tibetan Literary Studies. Proceedings of the 10th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, 2003 (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007)

“Tibetan Publishing in the Early Post-Mao Period.” Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie 15 (2005)