Mary Patterson is a graduate of the University of Sydney, where she completed her doctorate in anthropology based on fieldwork in North Ambrym, Vanuatu. She has taught anthropology at Sydney University and since 1993 at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests are broad with a long-term interest in politics, sorcery and kinship/gender in global contexts and historical perspective. Her recent research, has been supported by the Australian Research Council. She has published on sorcery, kinship and the history of anthropological theory and the intersections of global and local interests in the Pacific. She has an ongoing program of anthropological research in Vanuatu and the Pacific in general. Her most recent research grant was awarded to support a longitudinal study of the changing patterns of kinship and family in Vanuatu. She is currently a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.