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Tsering Shakya

Tsering Wangdu Shakya (Tibetan: ཚེ་རིང་དབང་འདུས་ཤཱཀྱ་Wylie: Tse-ring Dbang-'dus Shaakya) (born 1959) is a historian and widely cited expert on Tibetan literature and modern Tibet and its relationship with China. He is currently Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia where he teaches in the Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) program, and also works for Radio Free Asia. He was born in Lhasa and moved to India after the Chinese invasion of Tibet. He convened the first International Conference on Modern Tibet Studies in 1990 at School of Oriental and African Studies. He taught at the Centre of Refugee Studies at the University of Oxford. From 1999 to 2002 he was a research fellow in Tibetan Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.[1]


  • Ph.D. (2004) Tibetan Studies. School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Thesis: The Emergence of Modern Tibetan Literature Since 1950[2]
  • M.Phil. (2000) Tibetan Studies. SOAS, University of London. Thesis: Dondrup Gyal and the Search for Tibetan Modernism: A Study of Dondrup Gyal’s Literary Works[2]
  • B.A. Hons, (1981) Social Anthropology & South Asian History, SOAS, University of London[2]



  • Shakya, Tsering W.; Harris, Clare (2003), Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947, London: Serindia 
  • Shakya, Tsering W. (1999), The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947, London: Pimlico 
  • Gyatso, Palden; Shakya, Tsering W. (1998), Fire Under the Snow: The Testimony of a Tibetan Prisoner (Palden Gyatso), London: Harvill Press 

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