Carole Pateman

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Professor Carole Pateman "is recognized as one of the world's leading political theorists. Her work combines a distinctive political theoretical vision with analytical rigor and immaculate scholarship.

"Professor Pateman's research and publications have explored a wide range of social and political questions and issues, both historical and current. Democratic theory and questions about citizenship, including political obligation, have been abiding concerns from her doctoral dissertation onward. Feminist political theory has been another major area of Professor Pateman's work during the past twenty years, She has made a profound difference in the way the relationship of gender to politics is analyzed, both historically and in contemporary life. She has recently developed an interest in political theorists' contribution to the debate about the status of animals.

"Professor Pateman has written four books, co-edited four volumes of essays, and made numerous contributions to scholarly journals. Her first book, Participation and Democratic Theory, has been reprinted 19 times and is considered by many to be the definitive exploration of participatory democracy. Her third book, The Sexual Contract, won the Victoria Schuck Award from the American Political Science Association in 1989. Professor Pateman was born in the village of Maresfield in Sussex, England. She attended the village school, and was a beneficiary of the great British reforms of the 1940s when she passed the "11 plus" examination, and was able to go on to an academic education at the Lewes County Grammar School for Girls. She left school at age sixteen and worked at a series of low-grade clerical jobs before being accepted at Ruskin College in Oxford in 1963. Ruskin College is an independent adult education school for working class students with no formal educational requirements for entry. Pateman studied economics, politics, history and sociology. During that period, many Ruskin students sat for the Oxford University Post-Graduate Diploma in Political Science and Economics. She was the only woman who sat for the examination in 1965, and she obtained a distinction. After her 2 years at Ruskin, she won a place at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford (then a women's college), and read Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) for her BA. She stayed at Oxford to pursue her D. Phil.

"After two years as a Mary Ewart Research Fellow at Somerville College, Professor Pateman accepted a position at the University of Sydney. In 1980 she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She was elected President of the Australasian Political Studies Association in 1980-81.

"Professor Pateman has served as a visiting professor at Stanford (1980) and Princeton (1985-86), and as a fellow at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the behavior Sciences (1984-5), and Princeton's Institute for Advanced

"Study (1986-87). In 1988-89 she became the inaugural holder of the Kirsten Hesselgren Professorship of the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1990 she took her present position in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. Professor Pateman has been active in the International Political Science Association, and in 1991 she was elected its President -- the first woman to hold the position. In 1993-94 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. She has also served as a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia (1996), and a Fellow at the University of Manchester (1997). From 1993-2000 she was an Adjunct Professor at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the Australian National University in 1998. Professor Pateman has presented several prestigious public lectures, including the Jefferson Memorial Lectures at UC Berkeley (1985), the Sir Douglas Robb Lectures at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (1993), the John Rees Memorial Lecture at the University of Wales (1995), and the Gunnar Myrdal Lecture at the University of Stockholm, Sweden (1996)." [1]

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  1. Carole Pateman, UCLA, accessed January 22, 2008.
  2. Editorial Board, Democratization, accessed January 22, 2008.