1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: (307) 766-3122
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Dr. Tracey Owens Patton is the director of African American & Diaspora Studies and a professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Dr. Patton's area of expertise is critical cultural communication and rhetorical studies. She has authored a number of academic articles and poetry on topics involving the interdependence between race, gender, and power and how these issues interrelate culturally and rhetorically in education, media, and speeches.
In November 2008 she was the Recipient of the Outstanding Referred Journal Article Award given by the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association for the scholarly article, Jim Crow on Fraternity Row: A Study of the Phenomenon of Blackface in the Southern White Fraternal Order.
In 2007 she was selected to represent the University of Wyoming at the American Institute for Foreign Study at the University of London for the 2007 spring semester. She conducted research on diasporic rhetorical commonalities between Black American and Black British female speakers as well as taught two classes.
In 2003-2004 she was the recipient of the Carnegie Academy Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Stanford University) where she conducted research on social justice education and activism at University of Wyoming.
She also was one of the professors chosen as A&S Outstanding Graduates Best Teachers at The University of Wyoming for Spring 2009.
When not involved with her academic duties, Dr. Patton is a dancer; she dances ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop. In addition, she also dances with the 7220 Ballet Company.