Donna A. Patterson, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy and the Director of Africana Studies at Delaware State University. Patterson is the inaugural editor of the new book series: Routledge Research in Health and Healing in Africa and the African Diaspora. She is the author of Pharmacy in Senegal: Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship. Patterson has written scholarly articles on pharmaceutical markets, African women, public health, Ebola, and COVID-19.
Dr. Patterson is currently working on two larger projects. One, “Transnational Drug Trafficking, Drug Consumption, and Health,” and a second, “Ebola, West Africa and the World.” Patterson was 2017-2019 International Security fellow and a 2016 National Carnegie fellow at New America. In addition to her academic work, Patterson provides consulting expertise on a variety of issues to corporations, NGOs, law offices, and government agencies.
She regularly lectures and participates in meetings on global health, security, African and African American studies, and African politics. Recent events include a panel on COVID-19 response in Africa and Asia hosted by University of London’s SOAS Festival of Ideas. Other recent events include discussions and panels on Race and COVID-19, healthcare in Africa at the Wharton Africa Business Forum, and a UN panel on African Diaspora equity in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, she regularly gives keynote lectures related to her research for Pharmacy in Senegal, on public health, Ebola, and other epidemics.
Patterson’s media commentary on global health, pandemics, international security, African and European politics, and current events has appeared at Slate, Washington Post, Vox, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, Pacific Standard, Delaware Public Media, the Appeal, New America Weekly, Pacifica, and in other outlets.
TOPICS: Health, Disparities, Politics