Faculty Profile

George Pati, Surjit S. Patheja Chair in World Religions and Ethics

Associate Professor of Theology and International Studies

College of Arts and Sciences - Room 310
(219) 464-6110


Ph.D. - Boston University 
M.T.S. - Southern Methodist University 

Areas of Specialization

History of South Asian Religions; Hinduism; Comparative Religion;  Kerala History; Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies; Body and Religion; religion and Aesthetics; Malayalam Language and Literature; Sanskrit; Hindi; World Christianity; Theories & Methods in the Study of Religion.

Courses Taught

Religions of South Asia; Hinduism; Devotional Traditions of Hinduism; Sacred Texts and Motifs; Indian Religions and Cultures; Religions, Rituals and Performances; Religions of China and Japan; Indian Christianity; History of South Asian Civilzation; Narratives of Love in South Asian Literature; Sanskrit and Hindi Languages

FALL 2013

  • Indian Religions and Cultures ( THEO 361/561)

  • Religions of China and Japan (THEO 363/563)

  • Indian Christianity (Theo 200)

  • Sanskrit Language (IS)

Research Interests

Teaching and Research Interests
George Pati, Surjit S. Patheja Chair in World Religions and Ethics and Associate Professor of Theology and International Studies received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies and South Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Professors Program at Boston. 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.


  • Temple and Human Bodies: Representing Hinduism , International Journal of Hindu Studies, 2011, Volume 15, Issue 2: 197-207 
  • "Kalari and Kalarippayattu of Kerala, South India; Nexus of the Celestial, the Corporeal, and the Terrestrial", Contemporary South Asia, 2010, 18 (2): 175-189 
  • "Mohiniyattam: An Embodiment of the Aesthetics and the Religious", The Journal of Hindu Studies, 2010, 3: 91-113 
  • "Body as Sacred Space in Kalaricikitsa of Kerala, South India", Religions of South Asia., 2009, Volume 3, Issue 2: pp. 235-50. 
  • "Kerala,", Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism: Regions, Pilgrimage, and Deities., 2009, Volume 1. Leiden: E.J. Brill, pp. 221-232. 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Society for Hindu-Christian Studies
  • Kerala Council for Historical Research