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Dr. Ashley N. Patterson

Dr. Ashley N. Patterson
Phone: (814) 863-2937
Office Address:
165 Chambers
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor (LCS)


Curriculum and Instruction


Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and Instruction: English Language Arts Education
Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Culture and Society

Other Penn State Affiliations

Population Research Institute (PRI)


Dr. Patterson joined Penn State's Curriculum and Instruction team in Fall 2015.  Trained in Special and Elementary Education at Boston University and Reading Specialization at Hood College, she completed her PhD work at The Ohio State University in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education where she also earned an MA in Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement.  Dr. Patterson's work in the educational field began as an elementary level inclusive special educator.  She is committed to preparing educators who take up a critical lens to working with children and best serving their needs while seeking ways to deconstruct inequities woven into the US's existing public school system and structure. To this end, Dr. Patterson serves as a co-coordinator for the newly (2020) established Social Justice in Education minor available to students across the University. Broadly, Dr. Patterson's research interests consider intersections between identity and education, considering the dialogic relationship that exists as the ways we think about ourselves impact our educational experiences while our educational experiences impact the ways we think about ourselves.  Employing an intersectional approach to considering identity, Dr. Patterson's research examines race conjointly with a host of other contextually important and influential identity markers.

Areas of Expertise

Curriculum Areas

Language, Culture, and Society Ed
Language/Literacy Ed

Educational Studies

Critical & Feminist Theory

Individual Difference



Equity and Diversity
Media Literacy/Education

Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Multiple Methods
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research

Social Issues

Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues

Courses Taught

CI 185 - Principles of Social Justice in Education (Fall)

LL ED 400 - Methods of Elementary School Reading (Spring)

LL ED 545 - Language & Literacy Assessment (Spring)

CI 597 - Reading Race (Fall)

Representative Publications

Patterson, A. N., Ford, K. S., & Cate, L. (2019). Digital formations of racial understandings: How university websites are contributing to the two or more races conversation. Race, Ethnicity & Education.

Patterson, A. N. (2018). YouTube generated video clips as qualitative research data: One researcher’s reflections on the process. Qualitative Inquiry, 24(10), 759-767. doi:

Patterson, A. N. (2017). “I need somebody to hear me”: YouTube and identity expression of biracial individuals. Multicultural Education Review, 9(2), 105-116. doi:

Patterson, A. N., Kinloch, V., & Nemeth, E. A. (2017). The stories they tell: Giving, receiving, and engaged scholarship with/in urban communities. eJournal of Public Affairs, 6(2). doi:

Patterson, A. N., Kinloch, V., & Howard, A. (2016). Black feminism and critical media literacy: Moving from the margin to the center. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 15(1), 40-64. doi: 10.2979/meridians.15.1.04

Patterson, A. N., Kinloch, V., Burkhard, T., Randall, R., & Howard, A. (2016). Black feminist thought as methodology: Examining the lived experiences of Black women. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 5(3), 55-76. doi: 10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.3.55

Patterson, A. N. (2016). ‘We'll be fine until our kid goes to school’: Biraciality and discourse in Tia & Tamera. Critical Discourse Studies, 13(2), 210-227. doi:

Kinloch, V., Nemeth, E. A., & Patterson, A. N. (2015). Reframing service-learning as learning and participation with urban youth. Theory Into Practice, 54(1), 39-46. doi: