Dietz, the Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Government, taught at the university for 41 years. A specialist in Latin American politics, he studied urban poverty and politics, civil-military relations, and parties and party systems. Among his many teaching awards, he was inducted into the university’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 1999.
Hansen, professor of Asian studies, taught at the university for 13 years. She specialized in the history of theatrical practices in South Asia. During her time at the university, Hansen published dozens of books and articles examining theater, gender and performance in South Asia.
J. Patrick Olivelle
Olivelle, the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, retired after 22 years of teaching in the Department of Asian Studies. He specialized in ancient to medieval Indian cultural history, focusing especially on religious history. He has translated many ancient Indian publications, including the Upanishads, a collection of philosophical texts, which form the theoretical basis for the Hindu religion. He also studied ancient codes of law and books of folktale.