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Cynthia Patterson is an Associate Professor of English. She earned a B.A. in English (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with Honors) from Miami University in 1979, an M.A. in English from Tulane University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University in 2005. She taught previously at both Tulane and George Mason. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Patterson spent 20+ years in the corporate world, first as a journalist, then holding management positions in the fitness and medical fields, and operating a small business (in fitness education and consulting). She teaches the Senior Portfolio course, as well as courses in professional/technical writing, American literature, and cultural studies, in multiple formats, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online (synchronous and asynchronous).
Her book Art for the Middle Classes: America’s Illustrated Magazines of the 1840s (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010) received financial support from several prestigious research fellowships, including the Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship in American Visual Culture from the American Antiquarian Society, the Smithsonian Institutions, Winterthur Library, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
More recent projects examine the contributions of women’s sewing and reading groups to late 19th and early 20th century labor, religion, and social reform movements. Her newest book project examines the contributions of women writers to the A.M.E. Church Review, the quarterly publication of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination. This project received a Mellon Scholars Fellowship in African American History from The Library Company of Philadelphia, where Dr. Patterson is scheduled to be in residence for one month during summer 2022. Recent article and book chapter publications include:
PhD Students Mentored
Dr. Patterson works primarily with graduate students interested in conducting archival research, periodicals research, and those interested in securing external funding for their projects.