Faculty Experts - Satya R. Pattnayak, Ph.D.

Satya R. Pattnayak, Ph.D.

Satya R. Pattnayak, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and Political Science
Director of Latin American Studies Program
Departments of Sociology & Criminology and Political Science
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise: 

  • India
  • India - China Relations
  • U.S. - Latin American Relations
  • International Terrorism


A native of India, Dr. Pattnayak offers an authoritative voice on contemporary India and its evolving relationships with its neighbors in South Asia and East Asia. He has also studied Latin American affairs, in particular the changing nature of state-society relations in the region. Dr. Pattnayak can discuss the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the economies of Canada, Mexico, and the United States.  He is also knowledgeable about varying models of state involvement in international terrorism.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., Sociology, Vanderbilt University
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University
  • M.Phil., International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • M.A., Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Selected Publications

  • "Emerging Trends in Latin America, Rise of Brazil, and Potential for India,” Foreign Affairs Journal 8, 1, Jan-March (2013) pp. 66-79.
  • "Indian migration to the Caribbean: Reflections on the formation of Ethnic Identity," pp. 160-179, The Contemporary Caribbean: Issues and Challenges, Edited by P. Singh and M. Raymond Izaralli (Delhi: Shipra Publications, 2013).
  • "Political Democracy, Neoliberalism, and Social Equity: Chile in Comparative Perspective," pp. 74-95, Chile in the Age of Globalization, Edited by A. Nafey (New Delhi: Manak Publishers, 2012).
  • Imtiaz Hussain, Satya Pattnayak, and Anil Hira, North American Homeland Security: Return to Bilateralism? (New York: Praeger, 2008).
  • Satya R. Pattnayak, “Democracy and Equity in Chile,” World Focus, Issue 350, (February 2009): 82-85.
  • Satya R. Pattnayak, “Institutional Capacity and Political Challenge: The Catholic Church in Latin America.” Politics and Religion Vol. 2, no. 2 (2008): 7-26.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Villanova faculty member since 1990
  • Board Member, Institute of International Education, International Academic Partnership Program on Brazil
  • Research Consultant to The Board of Refugees, The Government of Canada
  • Research Consultant to The World Bank

Selected Research

  • Title VI, United States Department of Education (Washington D.C.) Grant on "Brazil in the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities," 2009-2012.
  • Programa Inter-Institucional de Estudios para la Region de America del Norte (PIERAN) Grant (Mexico City) on "Bilateralism from Trilateralism? Mexican and Canadian Responses to US Homeland Security," 2004-2007.

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