About

Todd, a PhD candidate in anthropology, holds a BA in anthropology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has also completed a degree in Traditional Tibetan Medicine from the Shang Shung Institute of America School of Tibetan Medicine, as well as studies in advanced topics of Tibetan Medicine at the Qīnghǎi University College of Tibetan Medicine and a clinical internship at the Qīnghǎi Tibetan Medical Hospital in Xīning, China.

His research investigates the ways that intensive state-led development on the Tibetan plateau and increasing contact with biomedicine is reflexively engaged with by Tibetan doctors and patients—and what effect this has on traditional Tibetan medical practice and theory. He draws on the ethnographic and historical literature on China and Tibet, the theories and methods of sociocultural, linguistic and medical anthropology and their subfields and related disciplines.

Thematic Interests

I am exploring the ways that intensive state-led development on the Tibetan plateau and increasing contact with biomedicine is reflexively engaged with by Tibetan doctors and patients—and what effect this has on traditional Tibetan medical practice, theory and the development of different institutional clinical forms. In crafting my research I draw on the ethnographic and historical literature on China and Tibet, the theories and methods of sociocultural, linguistic and medical anthropology and their subfields and related disciplines.

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