A native San Franciscan, Patricia Herlihy graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and obtained her PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Odessa: A History 1794-1914 (Harvard University Press. 1987); The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia (Oxford University Press, 2002); Vodka: A Global History (Reaktion Books, 2012). She is Professor Emerita from Brown University (2001) and Louise Wyant Professor Emerita, Emmanuel College (2009). Currently Adjunct Professor, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. She is a former Co-Master (with David Herlihy) of Mather House Harvard University (1976-1986). She has six children and six grandchildren.
"With a profound understanding of the multi-ethnic and multilingual character of the city, Herlihy brings together the life stories of famous Odessites with a rich discussion of Odessa's unique political, sociocultural, and economic conditions across the centuries. In sum, Odessa Recollected: The Port and the People is a crucial read for all those studying or even visiting Odessa, the 'Pearl by the Sea'." - Journal of European Studies