Program Manager

Elias ("Eli") Blood-Patterson is a graduate from New York University School of Law (J.D. 2014). As a student, Eli performed research on international law and sovereignty, publishing on international custom and treaty law. After graduation, he worked as the Robert L. Bernstein Fellow for International Human Rights at Human Rights in China. Eli joined the US-Asia Law Institute as a research fellow in Fall 2015, where he has worked on issues of criminal procedure and legal ethics, and from Fall 2016, he also serves as program manager for the institute.

Program Coordinator


Alexis is an East Asian Specialist, with a robust background in Japan. She received her Bachelors Degree in East Asian Studies and Japanese from UC Santa Barbara in 2008, and in 2013 graduated from Harvard University's Regional Studies of East Asia Program. She has worked and studied in Japan prolifically, living in rural Shimane and Yamanashi Prefectures, Tokyo and Nagoya. She comes to USALI via the Asia Society where she worked in the Executive Office. Her research interests include food culture, history, trade, agriculture and society. Her graduate work and continuing studies focus on the Japanese school lunch system. To learn more about Alexis, visit her website here.

Program Assistant

JoAnn joined USALI in June 2016 after having worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Assistant for Administration in the Department of Asian Art. She helped organize Asia Week New York 2016 and was responsible for overseeing the Ikebana and Tea Ceremony events at The Met. She also previously worked at Neue Galerie and interned at the Korea Society. JoAnn graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BA in Art History and Museum Professions. She is a native speaker of English and Korean.