Stacey Van Vleet

Visiting Lecturer
Office Hours: 
Monday and Wednesday, by appointment
3422 Dwinelle

PhD, History-East Asia, Columbia University

MA, Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder

AB, Public Policy Studies, Duke University

Research Interests: 

Stacey Van Vleet is a historian of empires, borderlands, and knowledge networks in East and Inner Asia. Her current book project, Plagues, Precious Pills, and the Politics of Learning in Qing China, examines the unprecedented growth of Tibetan Buddhist medical colleges across the borderlands of China, Mongolia, and Tibet in tandem with the expansion of the Qing Empire (1644-1911). Her research contributes to scholarship on early modern and modern China by bringing recent perspectives on the multi-ethnic dimensions of the Qing Empire into conversation with scholarship on the history of science in China, and examining the divergence of nationalisms and epistemologies in the early twentieth century.

Representative Publications: 

June 2016. "Medicine as Impartial Knowledge: The Fifth Dalai Lama, the Tsarong School, and Debates of Tibetan Medical Orthodoxy." In The Tenth Karmapa & Tibet's Turbulent Seventeenth Century. Chicago: SerIndia Publications.

2011. “Children’s Healthcare and Astrology in the Nurturing of a Central Tibetan Nation-State, 1916-24.” Asian Medicine 6(2): 348-386.


Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2017 117A Chinese Popular Culture