B.A. East Asian Studies, Oberlin College
M.A. Anthropology (Ph.D. ABD), Stanford University
Jody joined Dragons in 2013, as China Program Director, and recently took on a new role as College Program Director. Jody’s perspective on the world, and start in educational travel, began in China, where he lived for a total of 11 years, working, studying, conducting interviews with people engaged in street work as a doctoral student in Anthropology, traveling, and forming many lifelong friendships. Jody worked in China as a teacher, a financial reporter, the host of the Chinese television program, Chongqing Today, a guide on the Yangtze River, a musician, an advertising designer, a writer and editor, and as Resident Director for China and Silk Road focused university programs based in Beijing and Xi’an, including the US Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship programs.
When he’s not wrapped up being the happy/exhausted parent of a young toddler, Jody enjoys songwriting, exploring almost anyplace on foot, making a mess with oil pastels, almost all kinds of music, cooking without recipes, managing his podcast addiction, and growing things.