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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. She is a senior fellow at the university’s Institute for Equity, Inclusion, and Civil Rights. Dr. Patterson teaches courses in African, African American, and African Diaspora history and politics and in 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 projects on pandemics (Ebola and COVID-19), drugs, and on Black Texans.

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 recent academic 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.

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, in 2019, 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, the University of London, Wesleyan University, Bank of America, Bonaventure, and elsewhere. Her media commentary on current events, global health, pandemics, international security, and racial and health equity has appeared at SlateWashington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Globe and Mail, San Diego Union TribuneNew America Weekly, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, SCMPVoxKJZZ (Phoenix NPR)Delaware Public Media, The AppealDelaware State News, CBS-3 Philadelphia, and in other outlets.

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. Patterson had received fellowships and grants from Fulbright, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Princeton University, Wilson Center, New America, and the Delaware Department of Education.

For more information, you can visit her website or follow her on twitter on Mastodon: donnapatterson [at] blacktwitter.io

Office: Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy, ETV Building
E-mail: dapatterson [at] desu.edu