|Tibetans in India are often referred to as the world's "most successful" refugee community. However, Tibetans' political status in India ironically challenges global expectations of refugees. For fifty years, the Government of India and the Dalai Lama's Tibetan Government-in-Exile have negotiated refugee status rather than citizenship for Tibetans. As a result, Tibetans defy global initiatives designed to facilitate either refugees' return to their country of origin or naturalization in their host countries.
As a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar Dr. McGranahan will conduct a historical study of exile debates over citizenship paired with an ethnographic study of everyday Tibetan practices of political subjectivity.