Pat Duffy Hutcheon is a writer, sociologist and educator with broad experience both in teaching at all levels of the public school and university system, and in policy-oriented research. Now retired, she taught courses in the sociology of education and early-childhood education at the University of Regina and the University of British Columbia, as well as serving as a research advisor to the Health Promotion Branch of the Canadian Department of Health and Welfare and as a director of the Vanier Institute of the Family.
Although her first degree was in education (with a major in history) Pat eventually obtained an M.A. in sociology and anthropology from the University of Calgary. She went on to study sociology at Yale University and at the University of Queensland, Australia where she completed her Ph.D. dissertation on the human socialization process in 1976. Among her many publications are A Sociology of Canadian Education (Toronto, ON:Van Nostrand Reinhold, now Nelson of Canada, 1975) -- the first textbook ever published on that subject -- and Leaving the Cave: Evolutionary Naturalism in Social-Scientific Thought (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1996). Her latest book is Building Character and Culture ( Westport, CT: Praeger Press, 1999).