Carole McGranahan
Faculty: Cultural Anthropology

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Professor McGranahan is a cultural anthropologist and historian specializing in contemporary Tibet. Since 1994, Professor Carole McGranahan has conducted research in Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal on the history and politics of the guerilla army Chushi Gangdrug, culminating in her book “Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Histories of a Forgotten War” (Duke University Press, 2010).

Please feel free to contact her over email to inquire about her latest research projects and schedule. 

Research Interests

  • Colonialism and empire
  • History and memory
  • Power and politics
  • Refugees and citizenship
  • Nationalism
  • Senses of belonging
  • Gender
  • War
  • Anthropology as theoretical storytelling

More about Professor McGranahan

Thinking of 20th-21st century Tibet histories and experiences as imperial in a global sense in relation to the CIA, British India, and the People’s Republic of China is a key part of McGranahan’s work. Her work on Tibet as an “out-of-bounds” empire can be found in “Imperial Formations”, an SAR volume she co-edited with Ann Stoler and Peter Perdue. Currently, she is working on two new projects: a Wenner-Gren funded project with John Collins on “Ethnographies of U.S. Empire,” and a new solo research project with Tibetans in India, Nepal, New York City, and Toronto titled “Refugee Citizenship: Tibetan Practices of Political Subjectivity in Diaspora.”

View an interview with Professor McGranahan about her new book, “Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Histories of a Forgotten War”