Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

Steering Committee

Peter Crane's picture
Prof Sch of For & Env Stu; Carl W Knobloch Jr Dean Sch of Forestry & Environ Studies; Prof Ecology/Evolutionary Bio and Geology & Geophysics; Curator Peabody Museum
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Phone: 203-432-5109
Location: 205 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511-2106

Peter Crane is the Dean at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a specialist in plant diversity and conservation. Dean Crane has held many prestigious positions before coming to Yale and was knighted in the UK for his services to horticulture and conservation in 2004. As a member of the Steering Committee, Dean Crane hopes to work with others across the University to encourage productive research on environments, livelihoods and culture in the Himalayan region and engage F&ES alumni in a region where our School has a long history of collaboration and interaction.

Sir Peter Crane has been reappointed dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2014. He recently published a new book titled “Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot”.

Timothy Gregoire's picture
JP Weyerhaeuser Jr Prof Forest Mgmt Sch of For & Env Studies
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Phone: 203-432-9398
Location: 205 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511-2106

Tim Gregoire is Professor of Forest Management at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has extensive experience in the Himalayan region. At present, Tim Gregoire is working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of the Royal Government of Bhutan to plan and implement a National Forest Inventory. Prof. Gregoire has worked in partnership with the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation & Environment, the College of Natural Resources, the Royal Thimphu College, and from the NGO sector, the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu.

Andrew Quintman's picture
Asst Prof Religious Studies
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Phone: 203-432-2068
Location: 451 College St, New Haven, CT 06511-8906

Andrew Quintman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and specializes in the Buddhist traditions of Tibet and the Himalaya. Andrew’s interests include Buddhist literature and sacred biography, visual and ritual cultures of the wider Himalayan region, and the esoteric Buddhist traditions of Tantra in Tibet. Andrew is the co-chair of the Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group at the American Academy of Religion, and co-leading a five-year AAR seminar on Religion and the Literary in Tibet.

Sara Shneiderman's picture
Asst Prof Anthropology and South Asia Studies and South Asia Studies
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Phone: 203-436-4270
Location: 10 Sachem St, New Haven, CT 06511-3707

Sara Shneiderman is a socio-cultural anthropologist working in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, India and China (especially the Tibetan Autonomous Region). Her research addresses the relationships between political discourse, ritual practice, cultural performance and cross-border migration in producing contemporary ethnic identities. Sara has conducted extensive ethnographic research with the Thangmi, a Himalayan community of approximately 30,000 resident in Nepal, India and China. Her work focuses on the cross-border circulation of Thangmi people and their ideas about ethnic, national, religious and political identity. She has also published several articles on Nepal’s Maoist movement and current political transformation. She is also a founding member of the Digital Himalaya Project.

Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan's picture
Dinakar Singh Prof of India & South Asia Studies, Prof of Anthropology; Prof Sch of Forestry & Environmental Studies
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Phone: 203-432-3684
Location: 10 Sachem St, New Haven, CT 06511-3707

“Shivi” is Co-Director, Program in Agrarian Studies; and Chair,South Asian Studies Council, in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. With Professor Michael Dove, he coordinates the combined PhD Program in Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies. 

Sivaramakrishnan’s research interests span environmental history, political anthropology, cultural geography, development studies, and science studies. He has published widely in the leading journals of all these disciplines and inter-disciplinary fields, with a regional focus on south Asia, especially India.

Rajesh Thadani's picture
Alumni Representative to the YHI Steering Committee
Phone: 203-432-5104

Rajesh Thadani did his MFS and Ph.D at the School of Forestry and Environmental studies. Rajesh is a forest ecologist who works on the oak-pine ecosystem in the central Himalaya. He is particularly interested in the impacts of human induced disturbance on this ecosystem and is also working on issues related to ecosystem services and climate change. 

Thadani has worked extensively in the development sector and was the Executive Director of CHIRAG (1999-2004), one of the largest grassroots NGOs in the Indian Himalaya.  He is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Ecology Development and Research (CEDAR)—a research based NGO—and an Advisor to the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, a prominent Indian philanthropic organization.  He is currently working with NGOs both in the eastern and western Himalaya.  Rajesh is also a director at the Carbon Disclosure Project India, a company that aims to accelerate unified action on climate change, and is the Managing Director of a manufacturing company in the FMCG sector.

Mark Turin's picture
Assoc Rsrch Scholar
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Phone: 2034326252
Location: 34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06511-8936

Mark Turin is a linguist and anthropologist and has been working in the Himalayan region for 20 years. Turin directs the World Oral Literature Project, an urgent global initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record. He co-founded the Digital Himalaya Project as a platform to make multi-media resources from the Himalayan region widely available online. Both projects are now co-located at Yale and Cambridge, where Turin is Program Director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative. Turin also served as Chief of Translation and Interpretation at the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). Turin’s work focuses on ethnolinguistics, language planning and policy, visual anthropology and digital archives. He is the author or coauthor of four books, the editor of five volumes and has published numerous articles and book chapters.