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Sarah Patterson

Assistant Professor

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E456 South College

Professor Patterson's research specialties include African American literature and culture, reform movements, American periodical culture, and digital humanities. She is a co-editor of The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (UNC Press 2021). She is also a co-founder and former coordinator of the award-winning, a digital archive and space for exhibits and pedagogical materials.  

She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in African American and American literature, and American women writers. Sarah Patterson is actively involved in scholarly organizations and local volunteer activities. 


Ph.D. English. University of Delaware

M.A. English. University of Delaware

B.A. English, Women's Studies. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Awards and Accolades

Best Electronic Reference Resource. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Winner of the award presented to the Colored Conventions Project.

MLA Prize for a Bibliography, Archive or Digital Project. Modern Language Association, 2016. Winner of the tenth biennial award presented to Gabrielle Foreman, Sarah Patterson and Jim Casey on behalf of the Colored Conventions Project.

Digital Humanities Start-up Grant II awarded to the Colored Conventions Project. National Endowment for the Humanities, 2016.

Graduate Fellows Dissertation Award. Office of Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware, 2015-2016

Graduate Student Distinction Award for Academic Excellence. Office of the Provost, University of Delaware, 2015