A. Tom Grunfeld

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A. Tom Grunfeld (born 1946) is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at Empire State College of the State University of New York, specializing in the modern history of east Asia, particularly of China and Tibet.


Grunfeld received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Old Westbury (1972), M.A. in Chinese history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (1973), and Ph.D. from New York University (1985).

He is often asked to comment on current Chinese and Tibetan affairs for the BBC and CNN International.[1]

He has been a member of the US–China Peoples Friendship Association and a staff member and contributor to its journal New China,[2] as well as a member of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars.


Grunfeld has received numerous awards funding travel and research from institutions including the National Endowment for the Humanities (1984), the Research Foundation of City University of New York (1985) and the State University of New York and the Ford Foundation (1993). He has also been a Fulbright Senior Scholar.


  • The Making of Modern Tibet, 1987, 1996
  • On Her Own: Journalistic Adventures from the San Francisco Earthquake to the Chinese Revolution, 1917-1927, 1993
  • The Vietnam War: A History in Documents (with Marilyn Young and John Fitzgerald), 2001


  1. ^ Sherman et al. 2001
  2. ^ Norbu, Jamyang (August 18, 2008). "Acme of Obscenity - Tom Grunfeld and The Making of Modern Tibet". TibetWrites.org. Archived from the original on July 4, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 

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