Tseten Wangchuk

Current Focus

Tseten Wangchuk is a specialist in Sino-Tibetan politics, with an emphasis in institutional analysis and political process.


  • 1993-present, Senior Editor and Television Executive Producer of Voice of America, Tibetan Service
  • 1990-1992, Researcher, Translator of Tibetan and Chinese research documents, and Instructor of Tibetan Language at Columbia University
  • 1988-1993, Cofounder and co-editor of Tibet Forum
  • 1983-1986, Researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • M.A., International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 1992
  • B.A., Tibetan History and Literature, Central Institute of Nationalities (Beijing, China), 1983


  • Sino-Tibetan Dialogue in the Post-Mao Era: Lessons and Prospects. East West Center: 2004.
  • China’s Reforms in Tibet: Issues and Dilemmas,” Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 1, No 1, Fall 1993, The Center for Modern China.
  • Short stories, literary essays and critical commentaries on contemporary Tibet in Chinese and Tibetan
  • Speeches and conference panel presentations on Tibet and Sino-Tibetan issues, including Harvard University, Columbia University, Yale University, US Institute for Peace, and the New York University Journalism School.
  • Policy briefing meetings to Undersecretary Paula Dobriansky, the U.S. Government’s Tibet Policy Coordinator.

Awards and Fellowships

  • 1996, Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, Voice of America, East Asia/Pacific Division for “The Cultural Revolution in Tibet,” a six-part radio broadcast series.
  • 1991, Scholarship Award for Research Assistance, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, New York.
  • 1986, Special Award for major contribution to research on Gesar of Ling, jointly presented by the Ministry of Culture, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Ministry of Nationalities, and the Folktale Research Society of China.