Anthropology | EDUCATION
As the daughter of the world-renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead and the linguist, social scientist, and anthropologist Gregory Bateson, it’s no wonder that Mary Bateson has spent her career as a cultural anthropologist and American writer. Inspired by her parents’ work, Dr. Bateson set off to follow in their footsteps, earning a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College in 1960 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1963.
Since 2002, Dr. Bateson has held the distinguished title of professor emerita at George Mason University, where previously she had been a professor of anthropology and English. Dr. Bateson has also held the positions of dean of faculty and professor of anthropology at Amherst College, and associate professor of anthropology at Northeastern University. Notably, she has served as a professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Iran and as a professor of anthropology and the dean of graduate studies at Damavand College in Tehran. Further, Dr. Bateson was a senior research fellow in psychology and philosophy at Brandeis University, a professor of anthropology at Ateneo de Manila University, and an instructor of Arabic at Harvard University.