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Communication & Journalism Department|Professors

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Communication and Journalism
1000 E. University Ave.
Ross Hall 427
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-3122
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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

Dr. Tracey Owens Patton is Director of African American & Diaspora Studies as well as a Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism 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, and speeches. Dr. Patton presents her research at numerous regional, national, and international academic conferences; she recently published a co-authored book titled, Gender, Whiteness, and Power in Rodeo: Breaking Away from the Ties of Sexism and Racism (2012) and is at work on a second book involving transnational and transracial studies in Germany. Dr. Patton places strong emphasis on the interconnection between research and teaching, thus the courses she teaches involve issues concerning cross cultural communication, gender, media, rhetoric, and social justice.

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Dr. Tracey Owens Patton, Ph.D.

Tracey Owens Patton
Tracey Owens Patton is a full professor and the Department Chair of African American & Diaspora Studies.

Contact Information

Ross Hall 438 / Ross Hall 116 | (307) 766-3857 |

Courses Taught

COJO 3190: Cross-Cultural Communication | ENGL 4061-5061 Rhetorical Theory & Criticism | COJO 4160-5160 African American Rhetoric | COJO/WMST 4233/5233: Race, Gender, & Ethnicity in the Media | COJO 4260/5260: Rhetoric & Social Justice

Rodeo's Journey Back to Equality

Wyoming Signatures interview with Dr. Patton

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