Karma Palzom

Email: kpalzom@wisc.edu

Advisor: Cindy I-Fen Cheng

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I am a historian of the Tibetan diaspora with research interests in exile, immigration, religion, race, and transnational political activism.


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


  • U.S./North American History

M.A. Title

  • “Tibetan Long Distance Nationalism”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Political Transformations in the Tibetan Freedom Movement: Resettlement and Political Activism in the United States”


  • George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award, 2020
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Dharamsala, India, 2018-2019
  • 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

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

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 Studies 152 – Asian American Literary and Popular Culture, Fall 2019
  • Asian American History 160 – Processes of Movement and Dislocation, Fall 2015 and 2016
  • Asian American History 161 – Settlement and National Belonging, Spring 2016 and 2017
  • Asian American Studies 240 – Hmong Refugee History, Spring 2020