Patricia J. Higgins

Patricia J. Higgins
State University of New York – Plattsburg


Patricia J. Higgins is University Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburgh). She received a Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of California , Berkeley , based in part on her 1969-71 research on education and socialization in elementary schools of Tehran , Iran . She carried out additional research on Iranian education as a Fulbright Lecturer at Tehran University (1977-78). Since 1988 she has been engaged in studies of the adaptation of Iranian immigrants to the U.S. and analyses of Iranian elementary school textbooks. She has also promoted the use of anthropology in K-12 education and the introduction of anthropology to a wider audience through NSF-funded teacher development projects, a ten-year summer workshop for middle school students partially funded by NEH, development of internship programs, numerous presentations for educators and local audiences, editorship of Practicing Anthropology (1990-96), and organizational activity within the Council for Anthropology and Education and the American Anthropological Association. She has published articles based on her research and service activities in the Journal of Research and Development in Education , Iranian Studies , Signs , Anthropology and Education Quarterly , Human Organization , and Practicing Anthropology as well as chapters in several edited volumes. She has held leadership positions in the Council on Anthropology and Education, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the DANESH Institute.

Contact information:

Dr. Patricia J. Higgins
Office of Academic Affairs
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh , NY 12901

(518) 564-2195 (voice)
(518) 564-4415 (fax)



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