Patricia Sauthoff is an academic and journalist who lives on the southern coast of England in a leaky 200-year-old building that overlooks the English Channel.
She is due to complete her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in 2016. Her thesis is titled Open Secrets and the Retention of Power: A study of secrecy and power in the Svacchanda and Netra Tantras. In this work she examines the relationship between kings and religious leaders in medieval Śaiva Tantric practice. She utilizes ritual theory, ignorance theory, and semiotics to explore religious belief and practice. The thesis is overseen by Ulrich Pagel, James Mallinson, and Renate Söhnen-Thieme.
Prior to her PhD work, Patricia received an MA in History from SOAS with a masters dissertation focused on the religious rhetoric of 1990s Kashmiri separatist movements. She also holds an MA in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and a dual BA in English and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In addition to her academic work, Patricia has worked for more than a decade as a journalist in the print, radio, and digital spheres. Currently she works as an editor on Mediagazer, a digitally native news aggregation website focused on business and digital media innovation. She has been featured on the NEA-funded World in Words podcast, and Public Radio International’s The World, as well as numerous appearances on local radio in New Mexico. Her work has appeared in alternative weekly newspapers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Portland, Oregon.