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About Sonia Patten, Retired

Patten teaches Medical Anthropology, Archaeology and Human Evolution, Anthropology of Tourism and Cultural Anthropology at Macalester. She is an expert on culture as a factor in health and can discuss the cultural definitions of illness. She can also talk about the critical link between agricultural development programs, especially those which focus on income-generating projects for rural women and the health of families.
Patten has been teaching at Macalester since 1987.
EDUCATION: B.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota; M.S., Iowa State University


Present Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Macalester College



  • Medical Anthropology
  • Archaeology and Human Evolution
  • Anthropology of Tourism
  • Cultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Macalester College
Carnegie 04D
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6588