Degrees: Ph.D., Columbia University

Expertise: Asian religions

Dr. Nietupski’s research interests are in the religions, cultures, and politics of pre-modern and modern NE Tibet, and in the institutional histories and cultures of medieval India. He has published extensively and is an active participant in scholarly meetings on these subjects. He recently co-edited and contributed an essay to a volume on Islam in Tibetan regions of China, and has completed an essay on medieval Indian Buddhism. Paul presently teaches courses on pilgrimage, and on the Silk Road.

His most recent publications include Muslims in Amdo Tibetan Society: Multidisciplinary Approaches. Co-edited with Marie-Paule Hille & Bianca Horlemann. Lexington: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

“The World According to Belmang Paṇḍīta: Belmang Könchok Gyaltsan Palzangpo (1764-1853).” In In Vimalakīrti’s House: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert A.F. Thurman on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. Edited by Christian K. Wedemeyer, John D. Dunne, and Thomas F. Yarnall, 275-288. New York: American Institute of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, 2015.

“Tenpe Gyaltsen: The Fifth Jamyang Zhepa.” in Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism Through the Lives of Practitioners. Edited by Todd Lewis, 193-200. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, 2014.

Other Publications and Presentations


Office Hours
By Appointment

Course Offerings:

Spring 2019

  • TRS 252.51 Religions of India MWF 9:00-9:50 am
  • TRS 252.52 Religions of India MWF 10:00-10:50 am
  • TRS 359.51 Religions of Tibet MWF 1:00-1:50pm

Fall 2019

  • TRS 351.51 Silk Road Religions  MWF 9:00 – 9:50 am
  • TRS 351.52 Silk Road Religions MWF 10:00 – 10:50 am
  • TRS 359.51 Religions of Tibet MWF 1:00 – 1:50 pm
  • TRS 559.51 Religions of Tibet MWF 1:00 – 1:50 pm