In keeping with the University of Virginia’s commitment to fostering a liberal arts education that is both globally aware and interdisciplinary in nature, the Tibet Center was founded to bring together faculty, students, and staff at UVa with those at other universities and also other individuals and organizations, to promote a deeper understanding of Tibetan and Himalayan histories, cultures, and peoples. While the Tibet Center serves as a hub for educational programs, research initiatives, and publication projects which advance the field of Tibetan Studies, it also aims to develop and support programs that will bring social benefit to Tibetan communities. Read more…


051105_03The Tibet Center has a number of affiliated faculty who are either primarily involved with Tibetan Studies or who have secondary interests in Tibetan Studies. The faculty here listed have long-term appointments at UVa, and either teach full-time or occasionally. They are a core part of the UVa community due to their contributions of research, teaching, mentoring, and other activities, as well as their long-term and persistent commitments to Tibetan and Himalayan cultures, and the University itself as a community and institution. As a collective, they are distributed across multiple disciplines and interests. Read more…

UVa Tibet History

When Jeffrey Hopkins arrived at the University of Virginia in 1973, few on its hallowed Grounds had heard of Tibetan cultures or knew of the richness of its unique religious and cultural heritage. That was about to change. Largely through Hopkins’ prodigious and magnanimous scholarship, teaching, advising, and political advocacy, Tibetan Studies has not only become a vital part of the University’s local mission to promote globally aware students, but Tibetan Studies has blossomed into a discipline with a significant place in the American academy. Read more….