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 Michelle M. Patterson, Ph.D.

Michelle Patterson

Associate Professor

Department of History
Michelle Patterson, Ph.D., came to the Mount in 2006 after three years as a visiting assistant professor at Earlham College. She earned a master's degree in history at Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

She has published books and articles on the study of Native American music by women in the first half of the twentieth century such as: Natalie Curtis Burlin: A Life in Native and African American Music with the University of Nebraska Press in 2010 and co-authored with Joan Jensen, Travels with Frances Densmore: Her Life, Work, and Legacy in Native American Studies in 2015, also with U of Nebraska. She has also published articles and book reviews in The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, American Indian Quarterly, The Journal of the West, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal.

At the Mount, Patterson teaches classes in Native American history, women's history, and the American history courses in the core curriculum. She has also taught a number of electives for our Department of History including U.S. women's history to 1877, US women's history since 1877, African American women's history, Native American history, and senior seminar. She has also participated in our study abroad trips to Prague and Salzburg.
Ph.D., and M.A. Purdue University
B.A., Westminster College
20th Century U.S. Women's History and Native Americans