Tashi Rabgey

Research Professor of International Affairs
Suite 503 Elliott School of International Affairs
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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 Research Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School and director of the Tibet Governance Project at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.  She is currently developing as seed projects the Tibet Governance Lab (TibetGovLab) and the Research Initiative on Multi-Nation States (RIMNS).

Rabgey's research focuses on governance, territoriality and the problems of contemporary statehood in the People's Republic of China and in comparative context.  Her interdisciplinary work draws on her fields of political and legal anthropology, international legal theory, contemporary Tibetan studies and comparative Chinese law.

From 2008-2014, Rabgey led the development of the TGAP Forum, a seven-year research initiative that engaged policy researchers from the Chinese State Council in Beijing, as well as global academic partners including Harvard, Université du Montréal à Québec (UQÀM), McGill and the University of Oslo.  Through the TGAP process, new inquiries and research studies were begun into the institutional structure and process of China's policymaking in Tibet.

 Her current writing projects include a long term political ethnography of the Chinese state, as well as studies of territoriality, the rescaling of governance, the regionalization of public interests and demands in the People's Republic of China.  She is also completing a project on legal pluralism, nationality law and the effects of sovereignty in post-democratization Taiwan. 

 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.  She held a lectureship in contemporary Tibetan studies and taught in comparative politics and global development studies.

 She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, as well as law degrees from Oxford and Cambridge where she was 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 was a Fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on US-China Relations from 2011-2013.


Ph.D., Harvard University