Mary Catherine Bateson

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Mary Catherine Bateson
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At a conference about Climate Disruption in 2004
Born (1939-12-08) December 8, 1939 (age 80)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationBrearley School (1957)
Radcliffe College, B.A. (1960)
Harvard University, Ph.D. (1963)
OccupationCultural anthropologist
J. Barkev Kassarjian
m. 1960)
Parent(s)Gregory Bateson
Margaret Mead
RelativesJeremy Steig (cousin)
William Steig (uncle)
Leo Rosten (uncle)

Mary Catherine Bateson (born December 8, 1939) is an American writer and cultural anthropologist.

A graduate of the Brearley School, Bateson is the daughter of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.[1] She is a noted author in her field with many published monographs. Among her books is With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, a recounting of her upbringing by two famous parents. She has taught at Harvard, Amherst, and George Mason University, among others. Bateson is a fellow of the International Leadership Forum and was president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York until 2010. [2]

Personal life[edit]

Since 1960, she has been married to Barkev Kassarjian, a professor of management at Babson College. They have one daughter, Sevanne Margaret (born 1969), an actress who works professionally under the name Sevanne Martin,[3] and two grandsons. Through her mother's side of the family, Bateson is also the cousin of Jeremy Steig[1] as well as a niece of William Steig and Leo Rosten.[4]


  • Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom (2010)
  • Willing to Learn : Passages of Personal Discovery (2004)
  • Full Circles, Overlapping Lives : Culture and Generation in Transition (2000)
  • Peripheral Visions - Learning Along the Way (1994)
  • Composing a Life (1991)
  • Thinking AIDS (1988) with Richard Goldsby
  • Angels Fear: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred (1987) written with Gregory Bateson
  • With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson (1984)
  • At Home in Iran" (1974)
  • Our Own Metaphor: A Personal Account of a Conference on the Effects of Conscious Purpose on Human Adaptation (1972)
  • Arabic Language Handbook (1967)


  1. ^ a b Understanding Early Adolescent Self and Identity. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. ^ "NYTimes". Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  3. ^ Sevanne Kassarjian on IMDb
  4. ^ Intertwined Lives. Retrieved 24 November 2014.

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