University of Colorado at Boulder

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Faculty | Department Chair

Emily Yeh

Nature/society geography; political ecology; cultural politics; development; Tibet; China

Associate Professor of Geography 

Human Geography | Environment-Society
Associate Faculty of CAS
303-492-8310 Gugg 108  
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2003

Research Interests

My main research interests are on questions of power, political economy, and cultural politics in the nature-society relationship. Using primarily ethnographic methods, I have conducted research on property rights, natural resource conflicts, environmental history, development and landscape transformation, grassland management and environmental policies, and emerging environmentalisms in Tibetan areas of China. In addition, I have also worked on the politics of identity and race in the Tibetan diaspora, and on several NSF-funded interdisciplinary, collaborative projects on putative causes of rangeland degradation and vulnerability to climate change on the Tibetan Plateau. Broader research and teaching interests include transnational conservation, critical development studies, the relationship between nature, territory, and the nation, and environmental justice. My regional expertise is in China, Tibet, and the Himalayas.

Selected Publications

Yeh, Emily T. and Chris Coggins, editors. (2014). Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landcapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands. University of Washington Press. .

Yeh, Emily T. (2013). Blazing pelts and burning passions: Nationalism, cultural politics and spectacular decommodification in Tibet. Journal of Asian Studies. 72(2): 319-334. .

Yeh, Emily T. (2013). Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development. Cornell University Press.

Yeh, Emily T. and Kunga T. Lama. (2013). Following the caterpillar fungus: Nature,commodity chains and the place of Tibet in China's uneven geographies. Social & Cultural Geography 14(3):318-340.

Yeh, Emily T. (2012). Transnational environmentalism and entanglements of sovereignty: The tiger campaign across the Himalayas. Political Geography 31:418-428 .

Publications updated July 2013

Recent Courses Include

Fall 2014  GEOG 6402 (3) Seminar in Comp Environmental Studies

Spring 2014  GEOG 5161-001 (3) Research Design in Human Geography

Graduate Students

Shae
Frydenlund
M.A.
political ecology; nature-society in Tibet/Nepal
Sierra
Gladfelter
M.A.
x
Galen
Murton
Ph.D.
Development; Political Geography; Cultural Geography; Tibet and Himalaya Region
Lindsay
Skog
Ph.D.
Intersection of belief systems, landscapes, & conservation in high Asia
Emily
Volkmar
M.A.
x
Elizabeth
Wharton
Ph.D.
China's development role in the Horn of Africa
         
er rang
Ga
Ph.D. Alumni
2012
Alternative Development on the Tibetan Plateau: The Case of the Slaughter Renunciation Movement
Abby
Hickcox
Ph.D. Alumni
2012
Open Space? Environmentalism and the Politics of Belonging in Boulder, Colorado
Michelle
Stewart
Ph.D. Alumni
2013
YundanNima
YundanNima
Ph.D. Alumni
2012
From 'Retire Livestock, Restore Rangeland' to the Compensation for Ecological Services: State Interventions into Rangeland Ecosystems and Pastoralism in Tibet

More Info

Despite living in Colorado and doing research in Tibet, I love the ocean and try to scuba dive when I get the chance. Fortunately, I also enjoy biking and hiking and most of all, playing capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. Most of non-work time, though, is spent playing with my son Osel and daughter Seldron.