Meet the Director - Hangzhou, China

George Pati

Valparaiso University's administered study abroad programs have resident directors who manage the programs on a day-to-day basis, teach two courses for the students and coordinate group excursions and cultural activities. Since 1990, VU has sent 16 different faculty members, and their families, to the Hangzhou, China program.

The Fall 2014 resident director is Professor George Pati, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and International Studies and Surjit S. Patheja Chair in World Religions and Ethics.  Professor Pati received his M.T.S degree from Southern Methodist University, and his PhD. Boston University. His primary research and teaching interests lie in historical study of south Asian religions, languages, and cultures, with special emphasis on Kerala, South India. His current research focuses specifically on the mediation of religion in colonial and post-colonial Kerala through texts, traditions, and theatrical performances. Additionally, his works explore the broad area of body and religion studies. More generally, he has strong interest in theoretical issues in the History of Religions. He is the co-chair of the Body and Religion group of the American Academy of Religion.


Former Resident Directors of the Hanghzou, China Study Center

 Sara Dorow
 1991-1992  John Hazewinkel
 1993, 2001, 2007
 Jim Nelson
 1994-1996  Lin Zhimin
 1997  Yuehua Zhang
 1998  Peter Scholl
 1999  Meng Jianyun
 2000  Stepehn Smith and Linda Lewis
 2002  Rachel Gretencord
 2004  Jennifer Oldstone-Moore
 2005  Dennis Friesen-Carper
 2006  Gregory Hume
 2008  John Ruff
 2009  George Heider
 2010  Carter Hanson
 2011  Kevin Ostoyich
 2012  Jaishankar Raman
 2013  Zhimin Lin