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Tiffany Ruby Patterson

Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies
Associate Professor of History; Director of Undergraduate Studies in AADS

Professor Tiffany Ruby Patterson is Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, and History, at Vanderbilt University. She has published Zora Neale Hurston and a History of Southern Life (Temple University Press, 2005), a study of early twentieth century black communities set within the history of all-black towns, maroon societies, and nationalist traditions. She is also Associate Editor of the 16 Volume series Black Women in United States History. Her work on conceptualizing the diaspora includes “Diaspora and Beyond: The Promise and Limitations of Black Transnational Studies in the United States” in Les diasporas dans le monde contemporain Un état des lieux edited by W. Berthomiere and C. Chivallon. (Paris, Pessac, Editions Karthala and Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine, 2006) and, co-authored with Robin D.G. Kelley, “Unfinished Migrations: Reflections on the African Diaspora and the Making of the Modern World,” African Studies Review (April, 2000, vol.11-45). She has also co-authored, with Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, “The Conumdrum of Geography, or Diaspora Studies in Europe” in Black Europe and the African Diaspora, Darlene Clark Hine, Trica Keaton and Stephen Smalls eds. (University of Illinois Press, 2008). Professor Patterson is currently working on a book entitled "Heart in Darkness: Zora Neale Hurston in Haiti."