Venetria K. Patton

Venetria K. Patton

Head // SIS

Director // SIS // African American Studies

Director // SIS // American Studies

Director // SIS // Asian American Studies

Director // SIS // Critical Disability Studies

Director // SIS // Global Studies

Director // SIS // LGBTQ Studies

Director // SIS // Native American and Indigenous Studies

Director // SIS // Peace Studies

Director // SIS // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Professor // SIS // African American Studies

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // American Studies

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Professor // English

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 6176/HEAV403


Phone: (765) 496-9629

Ph.D. University of California - Riverside



African American and Diasporic Women’s Literature, African American Literature, 19th c. American Literature, & Feminist Discourse

Dr. Venetria K. Patton is Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University.  Most recently, she served as a Provost Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion and before that, she served for twelve years as Director of African American Studies and Research Center.  Prior to her arrival at Purdue, Dr. Patton was an Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served in a number of administrative capacities including a term as Coordinator of African American and African Studies.  She earned her B.A. in English from the University of La Verne and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Riverside.  Dr. Patton’s teaching and research focus on African American and Diasporic Women’s Literature.  She is the recipient of the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and in 2003, she won two teaching awards: the Annis Chaiken Sorensen Distinguished Teaching Award in the Arts and Humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Dr. Patton is the author of two monographs: The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: the Ancestral Call in Black Women’s Texts (SUNY, 2013) and Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women’s Fiction (SUNY, 2000).  She is Co-editor of Double-Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology (Rutgers, 2001) and editor of Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006, 2014).  Her essays have appeared in Black Studies and Women’s Studies journals as well as the essay collections, Postcolonial Perspectives on Women Writers From Africa, the Caribbean, and the US (Africa World Press, 2003), White Scholars/African American Texts (Rutgers UP, 2005), and Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).  She is also the editor of the fall 2011 issue of Black Women, Gender, and Families and co-editor of the spring 2004 issue of The Black Scholar.  Dr. Patton is a former Chair of the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff and former board member of the National Council for Black Studies and the Hanna Community Center.


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