Dr. Jason Patent is the American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, responsible for the management of the Center’s affairs along with the Chinese Co-Director, as well as the administration of the recently established master’s program, the first Sino-U.S. M.A. degree accredited in both countries. Professor Patent received his B.A. in East Asian studies from Harvard University in 1990, an M.A. in East Asian studies from Stanford University in 1994 and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003.
Jason’s 20-plus years of China-related experience began after college when he first taught English in the far northeast industrial city of Qiqihar. Since that time, his work has spanned the education, nonprofit and business sectors. He later lived in Guangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing—where in 2004, he became the inaugural director of Stanford University’s Overseas Studies Program based at Peking University. While with the Stanford program, he also taught courses on language and culture and conducted scholarly research. In 2007, Jason transitioned to the private sector, where he worked as a management consultant for Gap International. Prior to joining the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Jason most recently served as VP of communications and marketing for Orchestrall, Inc., a Philadelphia-based China market entry company.
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