photo: Tashi Rabgey

Tashi Rabgey

Research Professor of International Affairs
Suite 503
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-7484

Areas of Expertise

State theory and legal pluralism; international legal theory and territorial politics; Chinese constitutionalism and nationality law; public policy and governance in Tibet; Sino-Tibetan relations, Greater China


Tashi Rabgey is a Research Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School, specializing in contemporary Tibet and Sino-Tibetan affairs. Her fields of study include political and legal anthropology, international legal theory, contemporary Tibetan studies and comparative Chinese law. Through interdisciplinary research initiatives she has led on public policy and governance in Tibet, Professor Rabgey's work has enabled the development of new inquiries into the institutional structure and process of China's policymaking in Tibet.

Her current writing projects focus on recent developments in China's nationality law and policy, the effects of sovereignty and Tibetan legal recognition in post-democratization Taiwan, and emergent discourses of liberal multiculturalism in the modern Chinese state. She is currently also developing a research project on legal pluralism, multi-level governance and state restructuring and rescaling in comparative plurinational and multinational contexts.

Before joining the Elliott School, Professor Rabgey was a faculty member of the University of Virginia East Asia Center where she was co-director of the University of Virginia Tibet Center, a leading academic center for the study of modern Tibet. She held a lectureship in Contemporary Tibetan Studies and taught in comparative politics and global development studies. Over the past fifteen years, she has also been working in the nonprofit sector through Machik, an organization she co-founded that works to provide educational opportunities for Tibetan communities inside Tibet.

She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University specializing in political and legal anthropology, as well as law degrees from Oxford and Cambridge where she studied as a Rhodes scholar. Following her Master of Law (LL.M.) specializing in public international law, she pursued advanced studies in comparative Chinese law at the Center for Asian Legal Studies at Faculty of Law of University of British Columbia. She is currently a Fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on US-China Relations.


Ph.D., Harvard University