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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 as an Assistant Professor.  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 individual needs.  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

Curriculum Issues
Language, Culture, and Society Ed
Language/Literacy Ed

Education Types

Bicultural/Multicultural Ed
Minority Ed
Urban Ed

Educational Studies

Critical & Feminist Theory
Media Studies

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

Special Education


Courses Taught

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

LL ED 545 - Language & Literacy Assessment (Spring)

CI 597 - Reading Race (Fall)

Representative Publications

Patterson, A. N. (2015). Exploring experience, influence and personal truths: Biraciality and educational spaces (Doctoral dissertation).  Retrieved from ProQuest.  (3710339)

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

Patterson, A. N. (Forthcoming). “We’ll be fine until our kid goes to school”: Biraciality and discourse in Tia & Tamera.  Critical Discourse Studies.

Patterson, A. N. (2013).  “Review of White kids: Language, race and styles of youth identity by Mary Bucholtz.” Working Papers in Literacy, Culture and Language Education, 2, (226 – 229).

Patterson, A. N. (2013).  “Can one ever be wholly whole?: Fostering biracial identity founded in spirit.”  In C. B. Dillard & C. L. Okpaloaka (Eds.) Engaging Culture, Race and Spirituality: New Visions, (144-166).  New York, NY: Peter Lang.        *2014 American Educational Studies Association Critic’s Choice Book Award

Activities and Honors

  • Past-Chair, American Educational Research Association (AERA) Graduate Student Council (GSC)
  • Fellow, The Ohio State University Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male