M. Patricia Dougherty, O.P., Ph.D.

Sr. Patricia Dougherty 

Professor Emeritus of History 
Dominican University of California 
50 Acacia Avenue 
San Rafael, CA 94901-2298 
Telephone: 415-257-0154 
Fax: 415-458-3755 
E-mail: [email protected] 


Sister Patricia joined the faculty of Dominican University in 1984. Her primary field is modern European history and her secondary fields are US and Russian history. Sr. Patricia earned her BA in History from Dominican University and both her MA and PhD in History from Georgetown University. She received a Fulbright Fellowship for research on her dissertation in France. In the Spring of 1996 and 2004, Sister Patricia spent a sabbatical semester in Paris continuing her research on the Catholic press in the first half of the nineteenth century. In 2010-2011, she was a research fellow at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Studies at St. John's University in Minnesota. She has published articles in U.S. and European journals and delivered papers at history conferences. In addition to European history, one of her teaching interests is women's history. In 1992 she was funded by National Endowment for the Humanities for a summer of study at Stanford University on "The Woman Question in Western Thought" and in 2002 for a summer of study at the Newberry Library in Chicago on the French Revolution. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1994. For the past sixteen years, she has worked in a summer abroad Study program (Fanjeaux Seminar) for students and faculty/administrators of Dominican Colleges in the US.

Research Interests:

  • Nineteenth Century France (Catholic Press during the July Monarchy)
  • Women and Religion (History of Dominicans in California)  

Teaching Areas:

  • Europe (Medieval through Modern)
  • Women's History (American and European)  



  • History 3000: History of the Western World (3 units)
  • History 3311: Crusades and Jihad (3 units)
  • History 3333: Renaissance Europe, 1350-1550 (3 units)
  • History 3206: Women in Modern Europe (3 units)
  • History 3202: Women and the American Experience (3 units)
  • History 3910: Professional Readiness Seminar (1 unit)
  • History 4910/4911: Senior Seminar for History Majors (3 units)
  • History 4920/4921: Senior Seminar Workshop (1 unit)


  • Hum 5106: Byzantium to Istanbul: A City across Time (3 units) 
  • Hum 5302: Women, Work, Politics and Education, c.1880-1950 (3 units)
  • Hum 5303: 19th Century Paris: City of Light (3units)
  • Hum 5310: Women and Christianity (3 units)


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