Job title: 
Senior Research Associate; Emeritus
Bio/CV: 

Senior Research Associate, Center for Studies in Higher Education. Co-author (with Margaret Cheney) of A Brief History of the University of California (University of California Press, 2004) and editor of The Pursuit of Knowledge: Speeches and Papers of Richard C. Atkinson (University of California Press, 2007). Her most recent book is Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995-2003 (University of California Press, 2012), a study of the Atkinson presidency and the principal issues facing the University of California during this seminal period. She has also authored or co-authored papers on affirmative action, undergraduate admissions, industry-university relationships, and other higher-education topics.

Before joining the Center in 2002, Pelfrey served for more than thirty years as a member of the immediate staff of five University of California presidents: Charles J. Hitch, David S. Saxon, David P. Gardner, J. W. Peltason, and Richard C. Atkinson. On her retirement from the Office of the President she was granted the title Assistant to the President Emerita in recognition of her service to the University.

Pelfrey holds a Ph.D. in English literature from UC Berkeley. Current research interests include nineteenth-century ideas about knowledge, cognition, and higher education and their relation to contemporary thinking; UC as a public multicampus system; and the role of the president in UC and other public research universities. 

 

Publications

Books:

Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995-2003 (University of California Press, 2012)

The Pursuit of Knowledge:  Papers and Speeches of Richard C. Atkinson (University of California Press, 2007)

A Brief History of the University of California (with Margaret Cheney, University of California Press, 2004)

Papers and Articles:

"The One-University Idea and its Futures," Research and Occasional Papers Series, Center for Studies in Higher Education, June 2016.

"Whither Universities?” Response to “A New Model for the American Research University,” in Issues in Science and Technology, Summer 2015.

"Romantic Knowledge," Research and Occasional Papers Series, Center for Studies in Higher Education, April 2015.

"One University: The Evolution of an Idea," Research and Occasional Papers Series, Center for Studies in Higher Education, January 2011.

"Science and the Entrepreneurial University," with Richard C. Atkinson. Issues in Science and Technology, XXVI, 4, Summer 2010. 

"Executive Compensation at the University of California: An Alternative View," Research and Occasional Papers Series, Center for Studies in Higher Education, May 2008.

"Origins of the Principles for Review of Executive Compensation," Research and Occasional Papers Series, Center for Studies in Higher Education, May 2008.

“Opportunity in a Democratic Society: Race and Economic Status in Higher Education," with Richard C. Atkinson.  Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 150, 2, June 2006.

Rethinking Admissions: U.S. Universities in the Post-Affirmative Action Age," with Richard C. Atkinson.  Invited paper at the UK and US Higher Education Finance and Access Symposium, Oxford University, September 29, 2004.

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CONTACT
Office:
Center for Studies in Higher Education
University of California, Berkeley
771 Evans Hall, MC 4650
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510) 642-5418
Fax: (510) 643-6845

A Brief History of the Unviersity of California  The Pursuit of Knowledge  Entrepreneurial President

Publications

Patricia A. Pelfrey
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2016
Patricia A. Pelfrey
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2015
Patricia A. Pelfrey
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2011
Richard C. Atkinson; Patricia A. Pelfrey
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2010
Patricia A. Pelfrey
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2008
Patricia A. Pelfrey
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2008
Richard C. Atkinson; Patricia A. Pelfrey
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2006
Richard C. Atkinson; Patricia A. Pelfrey
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2004