Stacey Van Vleet

Assistant Professor, Department of History
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: CSTMS
Affiliation period: May 2021 -

Stacey Van Vleet is a historian of Tibet and Inner Asia. Her research is concerned with transformations in knowledge, economy, culture, and governance between the early modern and modern period. She teaches the history of science, technology, and medicine in the broader sphere of East Asia.

Her book in progress, The World the Medicine Buddha Built: Tibetan Medical Technologies and Infrastructure in Qing Inner Asia, examines the rise of a vast network of Tibetan medical institutions across Inner Asia during the period of Qing Empire (1644-1911), and its central role in imperial governance as well as in early twentieth-century state-building projects across the Tibetan Buddhist world. By charting different approaches to medical and social reform in the wake of Qing imperial disintegration, her work considers how efforts to redraw the boundaries of knowledge and community became constitutive of the politics of modern China and Tibet.

last updated: August 5th, 2021