Distinguished University Professor and John Reynolds Harkness Professor; Co-Director, Center for Research on Tibet; Professor of International Health, School of Medicine
Mather Memorial Building Room 241
Ph.D., 1968, University of Washington, Anthropology
M.A., 1960, University of Michigan, History
B.A., 1959, University of Michigan, History
Dr. Goldstein is a socio-cultural anthropologist specializing in Tibetan society. His topical interest include family and marriage (polyandry), cross-cultural and global aging, population studies, cultural ecology and economic development/change. He has conducted research in Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Region of China) on a range of topics including nomadic pastoralism, the impact of economic reforms on rural Tibet, family planning and fertility, the revival of Buddhism, modern Tibetan history, and socio-economic change. His has also conducted research in India (with Tibetan refugees), in northwest Nepal (with a Tibetan border community in Limi), in western Mongolia (with a nomadic pastoral community in Hovd province), in Kathmandu on family planning and intergenerational relations, and in eastern China on modernization and the elderly).
Dr. Goldstein’s current projects include: an oral history of Tibet with a companion large online Oral History Archive, a longitudinal study of the impact of China’s reform policies on Tibetan nomads, a study investigating modernization and changing patterns of the elderly and intergenerational relations in farming Tibet, and a four volume history of modern Tibet of which Volume Three was published in December 2013 and Volume 4 is currently under preparation.
CO-DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON TIBET