Pasang Yangjee Sherpa
- Topical: Climate Change; International Development; Indigenous Peoples
- Regional: The Himalayas; South Asia; High Asia
- Issues: Contemporary Human Problems; Social Heterogeneity; Dynamic Sustainability; Transnationalism; Globalization
- 2012 Ph.D. in Anthropology, Washington State University (WSU); Dissertation: Sherpa Perceptions of Climate Change and the Institutional Responses in the Everest Region of Nepal
- 2009 M.A. in Anthropology, Washington State University (WSU); Thesis: Indigenous Movements: Identification of Indigenous Concerns in Nepal
- 2007 B.A. in Social Science, Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC); Emphasis: Anthropology and History; Cum Laude
At Penn State University (2013-present)
- Anth 001 Introductory Anthropology
- Anth 045 U Cultural Anthropology
- Anth 453 Anthropology of Religion
- Anth 476 Anthropology of Gender
- Anth 497 Peoples of South Asia
- Anth 455 Global Processes and Local Systems [Course prepared]
At Washington State University (2009-2012)
- Anth 101 Introduction to Anthropology
- Anth 320 Natives of North America
Invited Teaching (2014)
- “Poverty, Inequality and Economic Policies” (21 credit hours). Master in International Cooperation and Development, Mid-Western University, Nepal
- 2014 Climate Change and Sherpas: Collaborative Problem Solving in Mt. Everest Region of Nepal. (January-December, 2014)
- 2013/14 Cultivating Mutually Beneficial Collaborations to Understand Climate Change Impacts between Academic Scholars and Sherpas of Everest Region, (December 2013-January 2014)
- 2012 Recording Life Experiences of Sherpas living in the Everest region, Kathmandu and New York City (Long-term Independent Project)
- 2011 Ethnographic research in Kathmandu, Khumbu and Pharak, Everest region among Sherpa communities, civil forums and various development organizations; ethnography, participant observation, (12 months)
- 2010 Pilot research on climate change risk management in Khumbu, Pharak, Mt. Everest region, and Kathmandu, (3 months)
- 2008 Ethnographic research in Kathmandu with members of different indigenous groups, indigenous organizations, policy makers and networks for development, (3 months)
- 2006 A study on the socio-economic gap between on-route and off-route villages in the Everest region, a popular tourist destination, (3 months)
- 2014 Senior Fellowship Award, Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies
- 2013 Small Grants for Collaborative Problem Solving, Anthropology and Environment Society, a Section of the American Anthropological Association
- 2013 Engaged Anthropology Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation
- 2011 Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
- 2011 Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies & Social Science Baha Research Fellowship
- 2009 SIRF Harka Gurung Research Fellowship, Social Inclusion Research Fund, managed by SNV Nepal
- 2006 Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program (TRPAP), Kathmandu, Research Grant
- Sherpa, P. Y. (2014) Climate Change, Perceptions and Heterogeneity among Sherpas of Everest Region, Nepal. Human Organization 73 (2).
- Sherpa, P.Y. (2014) Climate Change Impacts among Sherpas: An Anthropological Study in the Everest Region, Nepal. Habitat Himalaya, Resources Himalaya Foundation, Kathmandu
- Sherpa, P. Y. (2007) Identification of New Tourism Product, Solukhumbu Pro-Poor Rural Tourism Initiatives and its Sustainability in Nepal. Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program-UNDP, Nepal
Reviews, Reports and Newsletters
- Sherpa, P. Y. (2014) "Climate Change Modeling for Local Adaptation in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region (Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management, Volume 11); " Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies: Vol. 34: No. 2, Article 23.
- Sherpa, P.Y. (2014) Investing in Youths to Connect Communities. Mountain Trail 2014, Quarterly Newsletter of Mountain Spirit.
- Sherpa, P. Y. (2013) Understanding Climate Change in the Everest Region. Annual Publication of Mountain Trail 2013. Mountain Spirit, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Sherpa, P. Y. (2013) Well-Intentioned Efforts and Unintended Consequences: A Case from Pharak. Mountain Trail 2013, Quarterly Newsletter of Mountain Spirit.
- Sherpa, P. Y. (2012) Examining the Responses to the Effects of Climate Change from an Exclusionary/ Inclusionary Perspective in Pharak (Everest Region) of Nepal. Research Reports of Research Fellows. Social Inclusion Research Fund, Nepal.
- Sherpa, P. Y. (2009) Eighth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). US Nepal Online. http://www.usnepalonline.com
- Sherpa, P. Y. (2008) Himalayan Indigenous Nepali. The Himalayan Times. July 18, 2008.
- 2012 First Place, Hariet B. Rigas Award, Association of Faculty Women, WSU
- 2011 Oscar Lewis Award, Department of Anthropology, WSU
- 2010 Elaine Burgess Graduate Fellowship in Anthropology, WSU
- 2008 Phyllis and Richard Daugherty Scholarship for Graduate Student Excellence, WSU
- President's Award for Outstanding Graduate, President's Office, LCSC
- Outstanding Graduate Award, Social Sciences Division, LCSC
- Nepali and English: fluent spoken, reading and writing
- Hindi, Sherpa and Urdu: spoken
- Spanish: Beginner level spoken, reading and writing
- May 5, 2014 Al Jazeera Television—The Stream—Everest on Edge (On Youtube)
- April 25, 2014 Public Radio International—The World—When You Call Someone a Sherpa, What Does that Mean?
- April 25, 2014 Newsweek—World—Deaths on Everest Put Spotlight on Sherpa Labor
- April 23, 2014 Foreign Policy—Everest Shrugged: Why the deadliest day on the world’s tallest mountain won’t change the lives of Nepal’s sherpas.