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Pasang Yangjee Sherpa

Pasang Yangjee Sherpa


318 Carpenter Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-4388



Research Interests

  • 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

Courses Taught

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

Fieldworks/ Projects

  • 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.
  • 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


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