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Delaware State Univeristy
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West Africa, Sahel, Horn of Africa, Francophone Africa, History of Medicine and Pharmacy, global health, epidemics, COVID-19, Ebola, Senegal, Ethiopia, Chad, African diaspora, gender
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About Me

Donna A. Patterson, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy at Delaware State University. She is also 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, Ebola and COVID-19 in the Journal of Women’s History, Anthropologie et Santé, the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, World Medical and Health Policy Journal.

Professor Patterson is currently working on projects on Ebola, COVID-19, and drug trafficking. 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 Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate, Washington Post, South China Morning Post (SCMP), KJZZ, The Appeal, Christian Science Monitor, New America Weekly, Delaware Public Media, Delaware State News, 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

“Small State, Big Impact: Delaware’s COVID-19 Response,” World Medical and Health Policy Journal, 12.3, September (2020): 328-333:

“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.

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

“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.


“Declaring Teachers Essential Workers Means Nothing Without Giving Real Support,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 24 August 2020.

“Bracing for a COVID Resurgence,” The Green, Delaware Public Media (NPR), 13 November 2020.

“The Travel Ban Against Chad Puts American Security at Risk: the Central African Nation is Key to U.S. Interests in the Region,” Washington Post, 25 February 2018.

“Zika’s Getting All of the Attention and It Shouldn’t. Yellow Fever is Coming Back and Ebola Never Left,” Slate, 24 May 2016.

“Obama’s Ethiopia Visit: An Opportunity for Health Diplomacy,” Global Health Now, 23 July 2015.

“Beyoncé and Endless Layers of Blackness,” New America Weekly, 19 April 2018.

“Better Public Education Programs Could Help Stop the Spread of Ebola,” Huffington Post, 6 August 2014.

Media Coverage
Slate, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Philadelphia Inquirer, South China Morning Post, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Globe and Mail, Delawre Public Media, KJZZ, WBOC, WDMT, WGBH, Global Health Now, NPR, Pacifica, and more.
Country Focus
Senegal, Ethiopia, Chad, France, United States, Congo/Zaire, Regional: Sahel, Horn of Africa, Americas
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Atlantic, Caribbean, France, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Diplomacy, Gender, Higher Ed, Medicine, Politics, Race, Science, Technology, Women