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Pasang Yangjee Sherpa

Pasang Yangjee Sherpa


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



  • 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

Topical and Regional Research Areas

My topical and regional research areas include climate change, international development, indigenous peoples, the Sherpas and South Asia. My ethnographic interest in the Sherpas of the Mt. Everest region of Nepal lies in exploring and examining contemporary challenges this people face including cultural revitalization, tourism, development, modernization, transnationalism, conservation and increasingly climate change.

Fieldwork/ Project

  • 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

Institutional Reports and Newsletters

  • 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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