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Donna A. Patterson, PhD

Donna A. PattersonDr. Donna A. Patterson is chair of the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy. She also directs the Africana Studies Program. Dr. Patterson teaches courses in African, African American, and African Diaspora history and studies and global health.

Patterson is the author of Pharmacy in Senegal: Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship. Patterson is the inaugural editor of the new book series: Routledge Research in Health and Healing in Africa and the African Diaspora. Dr. Patterson is currently working on two larger projects on transnational drug consumption and public health and on the West African Ebola epidemic.

She has published scholarly articles on pharmaceutical markets, women pharmacists and Ebola in the Journal of Women’s History, Anthropologie et Santé, Journal of Global Health Reports and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. Her forthcoming publications include articles on “Women in Senegal” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History, “Small State, Big Impact: Delaware’s COVID-19 Response,” for the World Medical and Health Policy Journal, and an article on Asian investment in African pharmaceutical markets. Dr. Patterson is on the editorial advisory boards of Africa Today and the World Medical and Health Policy Journal. She is an Associate Review Editor for the American Historical Review. In addition, Dr. Patterson is on the advisory board of the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage.

She regularly participates in meetings in the U.S. and abroad on global health, epidemics, security, African and African American studies, and African politics. For instance, Dr. Patterson moderated a panel on African Diaspora Equity in Nairobi, Kenya for UNFPA. In addition, she has talked about the implications of emerging COVID-19 policy and response in events hosted by Arizona State University and the University of London. Her media commentary on global health, pandemics, international security, and current events has appeared at Slate, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, New America Weekly, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, SCMPVoxKJZZ (Phoenix NPR)Delaware Public Media, The AppealDelaware State News, and in other outlets.

For more information, you can visit her website or follow her on twitter.

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E-mail: dapatterson [at] desu.edu