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Venetria K. Patton

Professor of English
Kenneth T. Kofmehl Undergraduate Teaching Award 

Dr. Venetria K. Patton is Director of African American Studies and Research Center and Professor of English.  Prior to her appointment 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.  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 Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women’s Fiction (SUNY, 2000), the 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).  

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