Karma Ngodup

Prof. Karma Ngodup Lecturer
Office: Swift Hall 406a
Phone: (773) 702-6538
Fax: (773) 834 3254
Email: karma@uchicago.edu

Karma taught the Tibetan language for six years at the University of California, Berkeley where he started the program from scratch in 2004. Prior to teaching at Berkeley, he served as a Director of the Tibetan Education Development and Resource Center at Dharamsala, where he was involved in the publication of Tibetan text books and supplementary reading materials. He taught the Tibetan language privately while serving as a Tibetan Research Consultant for the Electronic and Cultural Atlas Initiatives (ECAI) at Berkeley. He worked on the Tibetan gazetteer project about the religious history of Ganden called the Yellow Beryl [ba'i dur ya ser po]. He joined the University of Chicago in October 2010.


  • M.A. Education, University of Northern Iowa, U.S.A. (Fulbright Fellowship), 1996
  • M.A. Geography, Panjab University, India, 1990
  • M.A. History, Panjab University, India, 1985

Publications Include:


  • Syntax & Semantics I Squib Topic: The case of Tibetan Relative Clauses: Internally-headed relative clauses (IHRCs) and externally-headed relative clause (EHRC), a paper by Chao-Yue Lai. 2010.
  • Tibetan Language Course book by Gareth Sparham at Michigan and Jonathan Samuels at Oxford. The course would be published in the Routledge Colloquial series. 2009.
  • The linguistic problem pertaining to the associative case in modern standard Tibetan with special reference to "dang" challenging binary oppositions of its English translation to "with and against" for Prof. Gerhard Richter, UC Davis. 2008.
  • Dr. Margaret Gouin, a former research student of Paul Williams at Bristol University, entitled Rituals of Death: Tibetan Buddhist Funerary Practices published under Routledge Religious. 2008.



  • "Tibetan language and Technology": Sambhota Tibetan program (Writing and Wylie conversion); TibetDoc Tibetan program (Writing, formatting, Wylie conversion); Monlam 14 programs for Tibetan multiple fonts; Microsoft Himalaya; Apple Tibetan Unicode


  • Panel discussion on "Tricky points in teaching language" at the University of California, Berkeley
  • "The issue of Tibetan Unicode system in the Microsoft Windows Vista"


  • "New Approach to teaching Tibetan Language" at the Tibetan Language Conference at Michigan"


  • "Tibetan language and the use of technology at Berkeley Language Center"