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African American and Diaspora Studies

Tracey Owens Patton, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of English; African American and Diaspora Studies

B.A., Colorado State University (1993)
M.A., Colorado State Unviersity (1996)

Ph.D., University of Utah (2000)

Office: 301 Hoyt Hall

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Tracey Owens Patton

Prof./Dr. Tracey Owens Patton is Professor of English in the Department of English and adjunct Professor in African American & Diaspora Studies in the School of Culture, Gender, and Social Justice at The University of Wyoming. She also served as the Director of the African American & Diaspora Studies Program from 2009-2017 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 80 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.

Research Interests: Critical Cultural Rhetoric, Cross Cultural Communication, Political Communication, Visual Communication, Race, Media, Gender, Qualitative Research Methods, Social Justice.

Teaching: Cross Cultural Communication (COJO), Rhetorical Theory & Criticism (ENGL), African American Rhetoric (COJO), Race, Gender, Ethnicity, & the Media (GWST/COJO), Rhetoric & Social Justice (COJO)

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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2733

Fax: 307-766-2555


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