My research focuses on language endangerment, cultural diversity and oral tradition, in the Himalayan region (particularly in Nepal, northern India and Bhutan), but increasingly the world over.
I teach at Cambridge and Yale universities, where I also direct two international research projects, Digital Himalaya and the World Oral Literature Project. I edit the Oral Literature Series with the Open Book Publishers. In December 2012, I presented a three-part BBC radio series on language endangerment and policy entitled Our Language in Your Hands. I am one of three principal investigators on new a five-year collaborative research project to document Bhutan’s oral traditions.
I am interested in language policy and activism in the context of mother tongue instruction, and questions about the access and ownership of anthropological materials from ethnographic museums when they circulate online or are returned to source communities in digital form. As a firm advocate of collaborative research, I am committed to widening public engagement with anthropology.