Adjunct Assistant Professor
Office Hours: W 9:00 am-12:00pm
BA: University of Wisconsin (’78)
MPhil: University of Oxford (’06)
DPhil: University of Oxford (’11)
ASCE 1359 INTRO TO EAST ASIAN CIV: CHINA
Borderland Studies, Economic History, Transport Geography, Tea, Material Culture, History of Printing
I wrote my thesis on “Tea, Trade and Transport in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands.” This work focuses on the convergence of geography, history, and anthropology, particularly in the regions of southwest China. Border issues and commodity economics, especially the history of Sino-Tibetan economic relations, are main areas of research. In addition to tea, I have a strong interest in the development of printing, bookmaking and manuscripts in Chinese civilization. In the area of visual culture, I spent several years researching color and painting, and also locating, documenting and preserving historic photographs, art historical and other visual materials related to China and Tibet.
“Tibet and Tea: A Summary of Trade, Social Customs and Sino-Tibetan Relations Dealing with Ja/Cha.” In Commerce and Communities – Social Status and Political Status and the Exchange of Goods in Tibetan Societies (Mid 17th to mid 20th centuries). Berlin 2018.
“To Control Tibet, First Pacify Kham”: Trade Routes and “Official Routes” (Guandao) in Easternmost Kham.” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review. Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, e-journal, June 2016.
“In and Out of Borders: The Beifu Tea Porters Encounter Tibet.” Cahiers no. 23, 2014 d’Extrême-Asie. École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), centre de Kyoto. 29 Kita-shirakawa bettō-chō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto 606-8276, Japan.
“Fear of Indian Tea and the Failure of British India to Break the Chinese Tea Monopoly in Tibet.” In Buddhist Himalaya: Studies in Religion, History and Culture. 2011. Gangtok, Sikkim: Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.