Affiliated Faculty and Lecturers
Brian Baumann, who holds a Ph.D. in Mongolian Studies from Indiana University, teaches Mongolian language, and may in the future be able to offer classical Mongolian. His research involves intensive analysis of Mongolian texts concerning science, art, and Buddhism. (Member, Mongolia Initiative Faculty Steering Committee)
Patricia Berger, a specialist in Chinese art, has conducted extensive research on the arts of inner Asia, including Mongolia. She co-curated "Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan" a major exhibition of Mongolian art originating at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum in 1995, and published an accompanying volume on the arts of Mongolia. (Co-Chair, Mongolia Initiative Faculty Steering Committee)
Jacob Dalton specializes in Tibetan Buddhism, which is closely related in both history and practice to the Buddhism of Mongolia. He works on Nyingma religious history, tantric ritual, paleography, and the manuscripts found at the Dunhuang caves in China. (Member, Mongolia Initiative Faculty Steering Committee)
Sanjyot Mehendale, who teaches courses on central Asia and the Silk Roads in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, is an archaeologist specializing in Eurasian trade and cultural exchange of the early Common Era. She has worked on a number of archaeology sites and projects in central Asia, including Samarkhand and Afghanistan. She is currently the Program Director for the Center for Buddhist Studies. (Member, Mongolia Initiative Faculty Steering Committee)
Jann Ronis, who teaches Tibetan language, specializes in the Tibetan border regions. His research interests include the social histories of visionary cults, scholastic traditions, monastic reform movements, and sectarian conflicts; the philosophical and contemplative traditions of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Sino-Tibetan cultrual relations.
Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultem, a scholar of Mongolian art and culture, teaches in the History of Art department, from which she received her Ph.D. She has curated many exhibitions of Mongolian art around the world, as well as publishing catalogs, articles, and four books in Mongolia. (Co-Chair, Mongolia Initiative Faculty Steering Committee)
Liladhar R. Pendse
Dr. Liladhar R. Pendse is the librarian for Mongolian Studies collections. In addition, he oversees collection development of Central Asian, East European, and Russian collections.
Librarian for Chinese Collections
Jianye He collects traditional Mongolian language (or bilingual) books that are published in China. This includes works on Mongolian language, history, literature, religion, laws and institutions, ethnography, anthropology, and archaeology, with a focus on primary resources and archival materials.
Franck Billé received his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge where he is Affiliate Researcher with the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit. As a Visiting Scholar at the Mongolia Initiative he is working on two writing projects: a book chapter on Mongolia for a volume he is co-editing (“Yellow Perils”, University of Hawai’i Press); and a special issue of the Asian Studies journal Cross-Currents on “cartographic anxieties” in the context of China and its immediate neighbors. Franck also expects to begin work on a new book project foregrounding Mongolia as a node of cultural and ethnic connections between Asia and Europe.
Caverlee Cary, Program Director
Caverlee Cary, who holds a doctorate in Asian art, is the Assistant Director for Program Planning at the Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley. She is the pro tempore Program Director for the Mongolia Initiative.
Photo by Brian Baumann.