Mary Catherine Bateson's scholarship has ranged from linguistics and anthropology to the study of the lives of contemporary women in the context of social change. A highly acclaimed writer and cultural anthropologist, Bateson is the Clarence Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English at George Mason University and is the president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies. Her most recent book is titled Full Circles—Overlapping Lives (Random House, 2000), in which she explores how our concepts of personal identity and shared fulfillment are changing. She is also the author of With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson (William Morrow & Co., 1984, with Gregory Bateson), among other books.
As the Radcliffe Center for Educational Programs Scholar in Residence, Bateson will continue to work on the Margaret Mead Centennial project, orchestrate a national conversation on the issues of importance to a learning society, and participate in the development of programs in Radcliffe's Center for Educational Programs.
Bateson earned her PhD in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987–88 and was a fellow at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute in 1983–84.