Donna A. Patterson is a fellow with New America’s International Security program. Patterson is an associate professor of history and director of Africana Studies at Delaware State University. Her first book, Pharmacy in Senegal: Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship, was published by Indiana University Press in 2015. Patterson’s research and teaching interests include global health security, epidemics, Sahelian insecurity, and African affairs. She is currently writing a book on the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Her work on Ebola, global public health, and African affairs has appeared in academic journals and media outlets including Anthropologie et Santé, Slate Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She regularly lectures and participates in meetings on Ebola, global public health, and African politics. Patterson has provided expertise to corporations, NGOs, and government agencies on African affairs and public health.
Patterson was a 2016 Carnegie fellow at New America. She currently holds affiliations as a visiting scholar at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting researcher at the African Studies Center at Boston University.
She has received fellowships from Fulbright IIE, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Princeton University, the American Historical Association, the West African Research Association and the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Patterson previously taught at Wellesley College.