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Spring 2019: A Voyage of Discovery
Associate Professor

Patricia Delaney

St. Michael's College

Professor Delaney is the first Chapman IMPACT Fellow on Semester at Sea.

Dr. Patricia Delaney is a social anthropologist whose work in international development promotes social equity with organizations such as the Peace Corps, the United Nations, the US Agency for International Development, and various local partners in countries all over the world. Dr. Delaney has completed grassroots work and provided policy advice in over 30 countries, including Brazil, East Timor, Malawi, Angola, Jordan, and Tonga. She speaks four languages fluently and knows a smattering of words in half a dozen others.

Patricia’s work straddles the worlds of academia and the applied realm, and she actively seeks to keep a foot in both worlds … bringing students to the world of international development practice and nudging development practitioners to draw upon theoretical and academic understandings of the discipline. To that end, she has previously traveled with students to Brazil, East Timor, Hawaii, New Orleans, India and Cuba and has mentored Peace Corps Volunteers in East Timor and Tonga.

Dr. Delaney conducted her dissertation research on the impacts of agricultural development in northeastern Brazil and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She has taught courses with integrated community-engaged learning components at Guilford College, The George Washington University, Semester at Sea, Georgetown University, and Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.

When Patti is not globe-trotting around the world on her own, she is joined by her husband Dean (an environmentalist turned pastry chef) and their “third culture kid,” Henry. The family’s home base is in Vermont, where they have a small organic homestead in the foothills of the Green Mountains. In her free time, Professor Delaney enjoys road biking, hiking, camping and … traveling to some of the world’s most amazing places.

Professor Delaney and her husband, Dean, sailed on Semester at Sea back in Spring 2002. They are thrilled to be sailing again and bringing their 8-year-old son, Henry, on this voyage.