Jason D. Patent

As the Nanjing-based American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Dr. Jason Patent is responsible for the management of the Center’s affairs along with the Chinese Co-Director. Dr. 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. Prior to joining the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Dr. Patent most recently served as vice president of communications and marketing for Orchestrall, Inc., a Philadelphia-based China market entry company. Dr. Patent’s more than 20 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.


Dr. Patent also teaches on language and culture, writes on topics related to doing business in China, and is frequently invited to deliver lectures and workshops on intercultural communication. He lives in Nanjing with his wife and two daughters.


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