Patricia Sauthoff is an academic and journalist who has lived in a converted 1960s hotel in Bihar India, on the southern coast of England in a leaky 200-year-old building that overlooked the English Channel, and various adobe houses in Santa Fe, New Mexico among sundry other places in between. She currently resides in rainy Oregon while she completes her PhD work.
She taught MA-level courses on the theory and methodology of the study of religion, a controversial course on the History and Politics of Yoga, Sanskrit, and Indian Philosophy as a teaching fellow at Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar, India. Additionally she worked as an adjunct professor at the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she taught BA courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism, Hindu and Buddhist art and aesthetics, WWII and Japanese religious and philosophical traditions, World Mythology, and journalism.
She is due to submit her PhD through the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in 2017. Her work she examines protective rites in the Netra Tantra and 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. She has worked as an editor on Mediagazer, a digitally native news aggregation website focused on business and digital media innovation. She has also 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.