Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Annie Dandavati Appointed Director of Philadelphia Center
Annie Dandavati has been appointed
director of The Philadelphia Center. The
Center provides experiential education programs for undergraduate students that
put the liberal arts into practice by integrating multidisciplinary seminars,
comprehensive advising and substantial internship opportunities in an urban
environment. Nearly 7,000 students from almost 90 campuses and 50 countries
have participated in the program since it was founded in 1967.
Dr. Dandavati, who will be relocating
with her husband to Philadelphia to begin her new role on July 1, is a Professor
of Political Science and chairperson of the department, where she has also been
Director of International Studies since 2010. A member of the college’s
faculty since 1992, she was also director of Women’s Studies from 2007 to
2011. She has served on a variety of Hope boards and committees, and is a
past faculty representative to the college’s Board of Trustees. She is
also a member of Holland’s International Relations Commission.
Professor Dandavati has led or
co-led study-abroad programs to nations including Mexico, Chile and Rwanda, and
has held multiple international visiting professorships, including in Egypt in
2012 and as the college’s exchange professor to Meiji Gakuin University in
Japan in the fall of 2009. Her areas of interest in both research and
teaching include comparative politics, Latin American politics, gender and
development, and human rights.