2016 Patrick Healy Award Biography

The Patrick Healy, S.J. Award is named for Rev. Patrick F. Healy, S.J., the 29th president of Georgetown University (1874-1882). Established in 1969, this award is conferred upon an individual who is not an alumnus/a, but whose achievements and record of service to Georgetown, community and professional achievements, exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown. Eligible candidates for the Patrick Healy Award include recipients of an Honorary Degree from Georgetown University. A maximum number of one Patrick Healy Award is conferred annually.

James B. Reardon-Anderson, Ph.D. (Parent’01), Washington, D.C.

For more than three decades, James B. Reardon-Anderson has been an invaluable member of the Georgetown faculty community. His teaching and leadership has played a crucial role in advancing Georgetown's mission and activities as a global university.

Prior to joining Georgetown, Reardon-Anderson taught at the University of Michigan and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He demonstrated his faculty leadership ability as director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, as director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University, and as director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China.

In 1992, Reardon-Anderson joined the Georgetown community as director of Asian Studies. He would later become director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service program. His wealth of experience led him to play a pivotal role in the launch of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in Qatar in 2005. He was appointed the school's founding dean and remained in that position until 2009. He also held the position of interim dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service prior to Dean Joel Hellman's appointment in 2015.

Currently, Reardon-Anderson is Sun Yat-sen Professor of Chinese Studies and senior advisor to the dean for Georgetown University in Qatar. Each fall, he teaches the required core course in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, "Globalization of Inter-Societal History" and each spring the required undergraduate course, "Map of the Modern World."

Reardon Anderson holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He has used his extensive expertise in modern Chinese history to author five books on China, including Grasslands and Grassland Science in Northern China and Reluctant Pioneers: The Chinese Conquest of Manchuria, 1644-1937.

In 2015, Reardon-Anderson led a fascinating panel at Georgetown's International Alumni Weekend in Hong Kong, sharing his knowledge on the global effects of a shift in focus on Asia entitled "Pivot to Asia: Real or Imagined."

Earlier this year, he was appointed dean of the School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University in Qatar. He will begin his service in July 2016 and will serve through July 2018.

Reardon-Anderson and his wife Kathleen have a daughter, Jane Reardon-Anderson (C'01).