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Tiffany Ruby Patterson

A headshot of Prof Tiffany Ruby Patterson, a middle aged black woman gracefully made up and wrapped in a pink shawl

Chair of African American and Diaspora Studies
Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies                    Associate Professor of History


Office: Buttrick 230




  • BA – Indiana University
  • MA – Southern Illinois University
  • PhD – University of Minnesota, 1995


  • Africans in the Atlantic World in the 19th & 20th centuries
  • Intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class
  • Intellectuals & political movements in empire
  • History in film, novels, and art
  • Comparative slave systems


Professor Patterson is Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, History, and American Studies.  She is currently co-editor of Palimpsest: A Journal on Women and Gender and the Black International. She is a regular visiting faculty member in the Decoloniality Summer School in South Africa and Spain.


  • Zora Neale Hurston and a History of Southern Life (Temple University Press, 2005)
  • “Unfinished Migrations: Reflections on the African Diaspora and the Making of the Modern World,” African Studies Review (April, 2000) (co-authored with Robin D.G. Kelley)