Kathleen Overin Slobin, PhD

Kathleen Overin Slobin, PhD

Title: Professor Emerita, Consultant
Company: North Dakota State University
Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Kathleen Overin Slobin, PhD, Professor Emerita at North Dakota State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in anthropology.

Supported by nearly 40 years of experience in her field, Dr. Slobin dedicated more than 15 years to North Dakota State University before attaining emerita status in 2007. Having served the institution in various capacities, she was an assistant and associate professor of sociology, the director of women’s studies, the chairperson of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a professor of medical sociology, fine arts and African studies between 1991 and 2007. She is also a distinguished author and speaker of numerous works spanning the subjects of sociology, anthropology and research. Presently, Dr. Slobin leads a family care support group as a consultant for those with Parkinson’s disease and is involved with the Virtual Docent Program for the Asian Museum of Art. She is also part of a Liberation Group, which aims to lead educational discussion on structural racism in the United States.

Dr. Slobin received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1964 from Pomona College and a Master of Fine Arts in painting in 1980 from the California College of the Arts. Continuing her education, she earned a Master of Public Administration from the California State University, East Bay, in 1984 and a Doctor of Philosophy in medical sociology from the University of California San Francisco in 1991. To remain aware of developments affecting her industry, Dr. Slobin maintains her affiliation with the American Sociological Association, the African Studies Association, the Society for Symbolic Interaction at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and the Society of Asian Arts at the California Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Slobin began her career as an instructor of fine arts at Indian Valley Community College and a coordinator of education at the National Energy Foundation in 1981 and 1982. Moving on, she joined the faculty at the University of California as an associate director of the Continuing Education Department of Psychiatry from 1983 to 1986. In addition, she served the institution as a research assistant between 1986 and 1990, as well as a staff research associate in 1990. Reflecting on her illustrious career, Dr. Slobin is most fond of her field research in Mali and teaching at Cappadocia University in Turkey. Looking toward the future, she hopes to finish her book on family care-giving and continue her work on wildlife photography.

Finding great success in her career, Dr. Slobin was the recipient of the Presidents Development Award from the American Sociological Association, as well as induction into the Tapestry of Diverse Talents in 2006. In addition, she was granted a President’s Professional Development Award from Women’s World in Uganda in 2002 and Bison Ambassadors Teaching Award from North Dakota State University in 1997 and 1999. An Anthony Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco in 1988, Dr. Slobin’s first accolade was that of the First Place Award for Graduate Research Day of the university’s Social Science Division in 1987.

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