Patricia J. Higgins holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is university distinguished service professor emerita at the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh. She has conducted ethnographic research in Iran and among Iranians in the United States and published her work in several peer-reviewed journals and as chapters in edited volumes. She has also published several articles and co-edited several collections on anthropology and pre-college education. In addition, she served as editor of Practicing Anthropology for six years and as Monograph Series Editor for the Society for Applied Anthropology for three years, as well as co-editing the book Classics of Practicing Anthropology: 1978-1998. For the last dozen years of her career at SUNY Plattsburgh, she was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and then Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Since her retirement in 2011, her primary academic activity has been translating works from Persian to English. A book entitled The Thousand Families: Commentary on Leading Political Figures of Nineteen Century Iran, co-translated with Dr. Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, is due out in 2018.