Ori Tavor

Ori Tavor
Adjunct Professor
2106 G St. NW
Department of Religion
Washington, District Of Columbia
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

East Asian Religions, Theories of Religion, Ritual Studies

Ori Tavor’s research focuses on the relationship between individual modes of religiosity and communal ritual activity. He is currently working on a book manuscript, based on his dissertation, which examines the role of bio-spiritual practices, such as meditation, sexual cultivation, and calisthenics, in the development of the literary genre of ritual theory in Pre-modern China. This interdisciplinary project, which draws on Confucian, Buddhist, and Daoist sources, aims to distill a Chinese approach to the theorization of ritual and bring it in conversation with modern approaches and methodologies in the study of ritual and religion. In George Washington University, Ori teaches courses on East Asian religion and thought, focusing on the intersection of religion and politics and the relationship between ritual and the body.


  • PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
  • MA in Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University, 2007
  • BA in East Asian Studies and Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University, 2004