Patricia  Guthrie

Professor Emerita - Department Chair

Department of Human Development & Women's Studies

(510) 885-3076
MI 3065
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A Social Anthropologist by training, Patricia “Pat” Guthrie focuses on several research areas: African-Americans, life history, South Carolina Sea Islands, online teaching and learning, feminist studies, kinship and the family, religion/spirituality, and homelessness. Currently Pat is interested in researching some area of African American Women and the tradition of quilting. To prepare herself for the research Pat is now taking quilting classes. She has served as Human Development department chair since 2004. Her major publications include: "Catching Sense and the Meaning of Belonging on a South Carolina Sea Island," in African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas; "Mother Mary Ann Wright: African American Women, Spirituality and Social Activism," Women & Therapy, Vol. 16, No.2/3; Catching Sense: African American Communities on a South Carolina Sea Island, Greenwood Publishing Group; and "The Impact of Perceptions on Interpersonal Interaction in an African-American/Asian American San Francisco Housing Project," The Journal of Black Studies. Pat teaches “Girls and Women Across the Lifespan” (HDEV 3304) and “Senior Research Seminar II.” For more information about her, please see


  • Ph.D., University of Rochester (Anthropology)
  • B.S., Springfield College, M.S., State University of New York, Buffalo


Not teaching this quarter.

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