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Professor in Department of Communication & Journalism

Dr. Tracey Owens Patton Ph.D.


Professor in Department of Communication & Journalism

Professor in African American and Diaspora Studies

Communication and Journalism Department webpage


Ph.D. in Communication University of Utah

M.A. in Speech Communication Colorado State University

B.A. Colorado State University

Certificate Lessing Kolleg, Marburg Germany



3190 Cross Cultural Communication

4061-5061 Rhetorical Theory & Criticism (ENGL)

4160-5160 African American Rhetoric (COJO)

4233-5233 Race, Gender, Ethnicity, & the Media (WMST/COJO)

4260-5260 Rhetoric & Social Justice (COJO)

Background and Research Focus

Prof./Dr. Tracey Owens Patton is Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism and adjunct Professor in African American & Diaspora Studies in the School of Culture, Gender, and Social Justice at The University of Wyoming. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Utah. Her area of specialization is critical cultural communication, rhetorical studies, and transnational studies. Her work is strongly influenced by critical theory, cultural studies, womanist theory, and rhetorical theory. She has authored a number of academic articles on topics involving the interdependence between race, gender, and power and how these issues interrelate culturally and rhetorically in education, media, memory, myth, and speeches. She places strong emphasis on the interconnection between research and teaching, thus the courses she teaches involve issues concerning cross cultural communication, rhetoric, and social justice. Dr. Patton has presented her research at nearly 75 different academic conferences, has published a co-authored book titled, Gender, Whiteness, and Power in Rodeo: Breaking Away from the Ties of Sexism and Racism (2012) and is working on a second book involving race, memory, rejection, and World War II.

Recent Achievements 

Patton, T. O. (2017). Momentary Flashes of Agency: Hair, Racism, and Marginalization in the

‘Equality State.’ In L. D. Patton and N. N. Croom (eds). Critical Perspectives on Black

Women and College Success. Book chapter. Routledge.


Patton, T. O. (2017, Spring). Solicited by Strata Publishing, INC. for an endorsement of the

manuscript, Readings in Rhetorical Criticism (5th ed.), edited by Dr. Carol Burgchardt and Dr. Hillary Jones. My comments are in the advertising and/or on the back cover.


Patton, T. O., & Weinstein, V. (2017, March 2-4). Presentation Title: Django and the Basterds “go Apache”: Intersections and

Intersectionality in Tarantino’s Unfinished Revenge Trilogy. Panel Title: Race, Gender, and the Problem of Diversity in Popular Culture. Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race Conference, Notre Dame, IN.


(2017, February 3). Loving. Panel presentation, Film shown + Panel discussion. Sponsored by

African American & Diaspora Studies and 7220 Entertainment. The University of Wyoming.

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Department of Communication & Journalism

The University of Wyoming

438 Ross Hall

Dept. 3904

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie WY 82071


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