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First Name
Last Name
Delaware State Univeristy
Website URL
West Africa, Sahel, Horn of Africa, Francophone Africa, History of Medicine and Pharmacy, global health, Senegal, Ethiopia, Chad, African diaspora, gender
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About Me

Donna A. Patterson, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy and the Director of Africana Studies at Delaware State University. Patterson is the author of Pharmacy in Senegal: Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship. She has published scholarly articles on pharmaceutical markets, women pharmacists and Ebola in the Journal of Women’s History, Anthropologie et Santé, and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. Her forthcoming publications include an article on “Women in Senegal” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History, and an opinion on meeting global SDGs for the Journal of Global Health Reports.

Professor Patterson is currently working on two larger projects. One, “Drug Trafficking, Drug Consumption, and Health in Africa,” and a second, “Ebola, West Africa and the World.” Patterson is currently a fellow in the International Security Program at New America. She regularly lectures and participates in meetings on global health, security, African and African American studies, and African politics. Her media commentary on global health, international security, and current events has appeared at Slate, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, New America Weekly, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, and in other outlets.

Professor Patterson teaches courses in African, African American, and African Diaspora history and studies as well as global health. For more information, you can visit her website here.

Recent Publications

Pharmacy in Senegal: Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship, IUP, 2015. More about Pharmacy in Senegal at NPR.

“Le virus Ebola: un révélateur d’inégalités biomédicales et une intervention internationale hétérogène (Ebola: Inequalities in Biomedical Capacity and Heterogeneous International Response),” Anthropologie & Santé, December, 2015. More on this article at Sciences Humaines.

“Women Pharmacists in Senegal, 1945-2000: Examining Women’s Access to Education and Property in West Africa,” Journal of Women’s History 24.1 (2012): 111-137.

Media Coverage
Slate, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Chrisitan Science Monitor, Global Health Now, NPR, Pacifica, and more.
Country Focus
Senegal, Ethiopia, Chad, France, Congo/Zaire
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Atlantic, Caribbean, France
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Diplomacy, Gender, Medicine, Women