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Robert Joseph Barnett

Senior Research Scholar in the Weatherhead East Asian Institute
School of the Arts
East Asian Languages and Cultures Department
939 IAB 420 w 118 Mail Code: Mailcode 3333 New York NY 10027 United States

Robert Barnett is is the Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University in New York and a a member of Columbia’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute. His books include Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field (with Ronald Schwartz, 2008), Lhasa: Streets with Memories (2006), A Poisoned Arrow: The Secret Petition of the 10th Panchen Lama (1997), Leaders in Tibet – A Directory (1997), Cutting Off the Serpent’s Head – Tightening Control in Tibet 1994-95 (1996) and Resistance and Reform in Tibet (1994). He has published articles on modern Tibetan history, Tibetan films and television dramas, women and politics in Tibet, as well as on religious policies, political leadership, oral history, and exorcism rituals in contemporary Tibet. From 2000 to 2006 he ran the annual Summer Program for foreign students at Tibet University in Lhasa, and taught at the University in 2001. He has directed a number of training projects in Tibet on ecotourism, language teaching, and oral culture. He is a frequent commentator on Tibet-related issues for the BBC, NPR, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, CNN, and other media outlets. From 1987-98 he was Director of the Tibet Information Network, an independent news and research project in London, which he also founded. He also worked as a journalist for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), the BBC, the Observer, the Independent (London), and other news outlets.

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