Dotno Pount

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PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and CivilizationsBenjamin Franklin Fellow


I am studying Mongolian history and philology with Prof. Atwood here at Penn. I am writing my dissertation on the Cult of Chinggis Khan, with a special focus on the period before 1636. 

The Cult of Chinggis Khan has a large body of transmitted texts, and a major part of my dissertation is to produce a critical edition of this material. I regularly update my GitHub page with my newest collation of the transcribed text. I have been using the TEI method to encode these texts, and will eventually make this repository of text easily accessible through extensive indexing and other ways of improving searchability. I am concurrently working on their translations to English as I compile the hypertext edition.

These texts are of special importance because they contain the only written material from Mongolia from a period from which no other texts have survived -- from the late 15th to early 16th centuries. The prayers passed down to our time include a great variety of language, and so it is possible to tease apart the time-depth of each piece, at least in relative terms.


MA: SOAS - University of London (2015)

BSE: Princeton University (2010)

Research Interests

Mongolia, Mongol Empire, post-Imperial Mongolia, philology, religion, kingship, identity formation, empires, political and economic history, etc.,

Courses Taught

Teaching Fellow (a.k.a. TA):

Fall, 2018: EALC001, Introduction to Chinese Civilization (Prof. Paul Goldin)

Spring, 2019: EALC002, Introduction to Japanese Civilization (Prof. Ayako Kano)

Fall, 2019: EALC001, Introduction to Chinese Civilization (Prof. Hsiao-wen Cheng)

Spring, 2020: EALC004, Introduction to Mongolian Civilization, Penn Global Seminar (Prof. Chris Atwood)


Also, I worked as a Faculty Leader for the the Lauder Institute's spring break program "LIV" in 2019 and 2020. For this, I led MA/MBA students on an educational trip to Mongolia!

Selected Publications

Mongolia Society

Association for Asian Studies

Central Eurasian Studies Society

American Center for Mongolian Studies

CV (url)
See my Academia page here: