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Donna A. Patterson Ph.D.

Dr. 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. 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 an article on “Women in Senegal” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History and an article on Asian investment in African pharmaceutical markets.      

Dr. Patterson is currently working on two larger projects on transnational drug consumption and public health and on the West African Ebola epidemic. She regularly participates in meetings on global health, security, African and African American studies, and African politics. Her media commentary on global health, international security, and current events has appeared at Slate, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, New America Weekly, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, 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