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Tibetan Studies at SOAS

SOAS Tibetan Studies Alumni

SOAS counts among its distinguished alumni in Tibetan Studies the following prominent scholars.  

  • Michael Aris (PhD 1978), Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Tutor to the royal family of Bhutan, visiting professor at Harvard University, among other appointments. Husband of Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Died in 1999. (Michael Aris Wiki)
  • Barbara Nimri Aziz (PhD 1978). Dr Aziz held appointments at Columbia University and the Tokyo Univeristy of Foreign Studies among other places. She is now a writer, journalist, and broadcaster.
  • Erberto Lo Bue (PhD 1981), Associate Professor of the History of Indian and Central Asian Art at the Department of Linguistic and Oriental Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy. Held previous appointments at Univeristy of Turin and Milan. Member of the editorial board of The Tibet Journal and guest researcher at the Department of Court History of the Palace Museum in Beijing.
  • Cathy Cantwell, Research Officer, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford and Secretary of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies.
  • Ricardo Canzio (PhD 1978), Professor of Musicology, Department of Musicology, National Taiwan University.
  • John Clarke (PhD 1991), Assistant Keeper, India Dept., Victoria & Albert Museum.
  • Philip Denwood, emeritus Reader in Tibetan Studies, SOAS, University of London.
  • Gyurme Dorje (PhD 1983), based in Edinburgh, is director of Trans-Himalaya and the author of over ten books, touching all areas of Tibetan studies.
  • Clare Harris (PhD 1997), Professor of Visual Anthropology, University of Oxford, Fellow of Magdalen College.
  • Samten Karmay (PhD 1985), Directeur de Recherche, CNRS, Paris. President of the International Association of Tibetan Studies between 1995 and 2000. Recipient of the CNRS Silver Medal for his contribution to Human Sciences. (Samten Karmay Wiki)
  • Robert Mayer, Senior Research Officer, Oriental Institute, Oxford. Previous posts include Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Wales, and Professor of Tibetology, Humboldt University, Berlin. (Blog)
  • Ulrich Pagel (BA 1988, PhD 1992), Reader in Languages and Religions of Tibet and Central Asia, SOAS, University of London. Editor of the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. Previous appointments held at the University of Washington and the British Library.
  • Tsering Shakya (BA 1981, M.Phil 2000, PhD 2004), Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia, Institute for Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. Lecturer at the Centre for Refugee Studies, Queen Elizabeth College, Oxford University from 1991-1994. Convenor of the 12th seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies in 2010. (Tsering Shakya Wiki)
  • Tadeusz Skorupski, emeritus Reader in Buddhist Studies, SOAS, University of London.
  • David Snellgrove (PhD 1953). The first holder of a permanent position in Tibetan Studies in the UK, Snellgrove worked at SOAS from 1960 to 1983. Among his many contributions to Tibetan studies are works on Bon, Tantra, history and ethnography. In retirement Snellgrove also became an influential researcher on South East Asian art history. (David Snellgrove Wiki)
  • Heather Stoddard, Professor at l’Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris.
  • Phuntsog Wangyal (M.Phil 1976, Honorary Fellow 2014), founding director Tibet Foundation. From 1981-1986 representative of H. H. the Dalai Lama in the UK and Northern Europe. Awarded the Mongolian Friendship Medal in 2009 for the work of the Tibet Foundation in Mongolia. 
  • Jan Westerhoff (PhD 2007), Associate Professor in Religious Ethics, University of Oxford and Research Associate, SOAS.
  • Marianne Winder, Curator of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (1970-1978), Consultant in Tibetan Medicine (1978-2001), Wellcome Institute. Died in 2001. (Marianne Winder 1918-2001 An Appreciatio (pdf))
  • Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (PhD 2004), Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London.