Stephan Kloos

Stephan Kloos

Stephan Kloos is a medical anthropologist with over fourteen years of research experience on Tibetan medicine and nationalism in the Tibetan diaspora and the Himalayas. He received his PhD from UC San Francisco and Berkeley in 2010, and currently leads the ERC Starting Grant project “RATIMED” at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since 2001, he is also a research member of the award-winning NGO Nomad RSI.

Stephan has authored a book as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters, their topics ranging from the socio-economic transition of health care in Ladakh, the engagement of Tibetan medicine with modern science, to exile Tibetan nationalism and postcolonial theory. His is currently preparing his second book, provisionally titled “Politics of Compassion,” which argues for a novel understanding of Tibetan medicine and nationalism as a particular mode of postcolonial humanitarianism.

Stephan’s research work has been funded by an EU Marie Curie Fellowship, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Fulbright, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research, and Land Steiermark. His current project explores the emerging Tibetan (Sowa Rigpa) pharmaceutical industry in India.