Elliot Sperling (1951-2017)
FEB. 2, 2017: A leading figure in the field of history of Tibet and Tibet-China relations, Prof. Elliot Sperling has passed away few days ago in his apartment in Jackson Heights, New York. The prominent historian was 66 years old. He is survived by his daughter Coline.
Sperling spent almost three decades on the faculty of Indiana University's Department of Central Eurasian Studies, also serving as the head of the department intermittently. He was a recipient of the MacArthur Fellow Program.
The historian encountered Tibetans in exile during one of his many trips to India and subsequently switched his field to East Asian Studies. His doctoral dissertation, Early Ming Policy toward Tibet: An Examination of the Proposition that the Early Ming Emperors Adopted a "Divide and Rule" Policy toward Tibet, in 1983 was received highly in the international circuit.