CONTRIBUTOR:

George Pati

AFFILIATION:

TITLE:

Professor

DEPARTMENT:

Theology

INSTITUTION:

Valparaiso University

BIOGRAPHY:

George Pati, Ph.D., is Surjit S. Patheja Endowed Chair in World Religions and Ethics and Professor of South Asian Religions and Cultures in the Department of Theology at Valparaiso University, Indiana, where he regularly teaches courses on Religions of South Asia, Hinduism, Indian Religions and Cultures, and Religions of China and Japan. His research interest focuses on lived and practiced forms of Hindu devotion, bhakti, through texts, rituals, and performances in the Malayalam language. He is the author of Religious Devotion and the Poetics of Reform: Love and Liberation in Malayalam Poetry (Routledge, 2019), Transformational Embodiment in Asian Religions: Subtle Bodies, Spatial Bodies (co-edited with Katherine C. Zubko) (Routledge, 2020), and Hindu Bodies as Threshold: Rituals and Performances of Kerala, South India (Routledge, forthcoming), and several articles and chapters in various journals and books, respectively.