Karma Palzom


Advisor: Cindy I-Fen Cheng

Karma Palzom


I am a historian of the Tibetan diaspora whose work explores the intersections of exile, immigration, religion, race, and transnational political activism. My research interests are U.S.-Tibet relations, Tibetan immigration to the United States, and Asian American Studies.


M.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
B.A., History and History of Science: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014


  • United States History

M.A. Title

  • “The Dalai Lama is Tibet: Deterritorializing Tibetan Nationhood, Citizenship, and Activism, Post-1959”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The Dalai Lama is Tibet: Nationalism, Political Activism, and Immigration, 1970s-1990s”


  • Campus-Wide TA Award for Exceptional Service, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring 2017
  • Amy Ling Yellow Light Award for Scholarship and Creative Endeavors, Asian American Studies Program, Fall 2016
  • Davis-Gerstein Pre-Dissertator Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer 2016
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 2014

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 134 – Women and Gender in World History, Fall 2017
  • Asian American Studies 101 – The Introduction to Asian American Studies, Spring 2018
  • Asian American History 161 – Settlement and National Belonging, Spring 2016 and 2017
  • Asian American History 160  Processes of Movement and Dislocation, Fall 2015 and 2016