Dr. Goldstein is the John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a specialist in Tibetan society and history, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Region of China) on a range of topics including nomadic pastoralism, oral history, monasticism, and socio-economic change in rural Tibet. Dr. Goldstein's current projects include: a large Tibetan Oral History WebArchive that will be permanently housed at the Library of Congress, Volume Three of his series on Modern Tibetan History, and an NSF funded longitudinal study of modernization and change in rural Tibet. He is the author of 12 books and over 100 articles including A History of Modern Tibet, Volume One, (1913-51, the Demise of the Lamaist State), A History of Modern Tibet, Volume Two, (1951-1955, The Calm Before the Storm), The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet and the Dalai Lama, Nomads of Western Tibet, On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet: The Nyemo Incident of 1969, and A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life of Bapa Phüntso Wangye.
Professor Goldsteins Athenaeum lecture is sponsored by the Keck Center for Internationl and Strategic Studies at CMC.