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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

  • Anth 001 Introductory Anthropology
  • Anth 045 U Cultural Anthropology
  • Anth 453 Anthropology of Religion
  • Anth 476 Anthropology of Gender (Spring 2014)
  • Anth 497 Peoples of South Asia (Spring 2014)
  • Anth 455 Global Processes and Local Systems [Course prepared]
At Washington State University
  • Anth 101 Introduction to Anthropology
  • Anth 320 Natives of North America

Topical and Regional Research Areas:

My topical and regional research areas include climate change, international development, indigenous peoples, Sherpas and South Asia. My ethnographic interest among Sherpas in 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

  • 2013-2014 Kathmandu, Khumbu and Pharak (local names for area popularly known as Mt. Everest region); Supported by Engaged Anthropology Grant of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and Small Grants for Collaborative Problem Solving of the Anthropology and Environment Society.
  • 2012-present New York City; Sherpa Socio-cultural Dynamics: Tradition, Tourism, Transnationalism
  • 2010-2012 Khumbu and Pharak , Kathmandu (15 months); Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant; Harka Gurung Research Fellowship 2009; Research Fellowship from Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies and Social Science Baha.
  • 2008 Kathmandu (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)


  • Sherpa, P. Y. (Accepted) Climate Change, Perceptions and Heterogeneity among Sherpas of Everest Region, Nepal. Human Organization.
  • 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.


  • Nepali and English: fluent spoken, reading and writing
  • Hindi, Sherpa and Urdu: spoken
  • Spanish: Beginner level spoken, reading and writing
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