Faculty Profile

Patricia Delaney, PhD

Gender Studies Program Director, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies

M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. Georgetown University

Areas of Expertise:

Gender and international development; war, conflict, and the contestation of cultural identity; relief to development continuum; poverty and stratification in the global south; grassroots development and participatory approaches; East Timor; Lusophone Africa 

Courses I Teach:

  • Anthropological Perspectives on Gender
  • Gender and International Development
  • Introductory Anthropology
  • Participatory Action Research
  • People and Cultures of the Lusuphone World
  • Life Histories

As an applied anthropologist, I always brings examples of my recent research into my classes. Recently, I have been able to talk about my applied work around gender-based violence in Darfur and a small project on gender and agriculture in El Salvador. The results of my research (and the accompanying slides) make for interesting case studies in class. Whenever I am in the field, I am always thinking about the ways in which my experiences can later be used in the classroom.

I received a Fulbright Scholarship for teaching and research at the National University of East Timor (2006). I was also a research consultant for the Social Action Fund of Angola, for which I designed a participatory monitoring and evaluation system. My consultancy work included applied anthropology research in Angola for two weeks; design and implementation of a training workshop with Angolan staff and local community partners; and completion of a final report for The World Bank (August 2006).   

Vermont 2008 Service Learning Professor of the Year
(Given by Campus Compact)

Life Off Campus:

My research runs the gamut from ethnography in far away places like East Timor (located in Southeast Asia) to applied projects with resettled refugees right next door in Winooski. Working together with students, I always do engaged community research that aims to help diverse populations to interact and integrate, both on campus and off. In my work, I also provide advice to organizations such as the US Agency for International Development and the Peace Corps about topics like gender equality and participation in international development.

Patricia Delaney, Gender Studies Coordinator and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, presented a paper entitled "Gender, Ethnic Identity and Upheaval: Reflection on Displacement, Conflict, and The Contestation of Cultural Identity (Again) in Timor Leste" at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) in Denver, CO, on March 23. The SfAA is an international organization of practicing anthropologists. The paper was based on ethnographic fieldwork she conducted during her sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year. The sabbatical research was supported by Saint Michael's College and the Ruth M. Landes Foundation. Patti also served as chair of her session, entitled "Politico-economic Impacts on Gender Roles and Gender Identity."


Patricia Delaney, associate professor of anthropology and gender studies, is just back from a one year sabbatical conducting ethnographic research on gender and identity in the post-conflict environment in Timor-Leste (in Southeast Asia). Her work was supported by a generous two-year grant from the Ruth M. Landes Foundation. The grant provided funding for a full 6-month field season in Timor. During the sabbatical year, she also held a position as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Patti will be presenting the preliminary findings from her work both on and off campus during the academic year. She is currently working on a book drawn from this work and her writing time is also being supported by the $80,000 Ruth M. Landes grant.

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