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Somtsobum is a Ph.D. student in Religious Studies at Northwestern University. She is primarily interested in gender and Buddhism, particularly as they transpire in emerging media practices and contemporary Tibetan literature in both Tibetan and Chinese languages in Amdo, Northeastern Tibet. Somtsobum received an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder where she examined the life and times of Lamo Yongzin Rinpoche to explore the revitalization of Tibetan Buddhist identity in Amdo during the Post-Mao era. She completed her B.A. at Qinghai Nationalities University in China. Her advisor is Sarah Jacoby.