Dr. Stacey Patton

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Assistant Professor
Office Location: 
SGJC Room 345

Ph.D. - U.S. History, Rutgers University 
BA - Journalism, New York University


Ph.D. - U.S. History, Rutgers University 
BA - Journalism, New York University

Dr. Stacey Patton is an award-winning journalist, author, and child advocate.  She has reported for The Baltimore SunThe Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Her writing on issues surrounding higher education, child welfare, and race has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington PostAl Jazeera, the BBC News, and the Root.  She has also appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, CBS, CNN, and Democracy Now.

Dr. Patton is the recipient of awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, New York Association of Black Journalists, New York Women in Communications, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, Education Writers Association, and she is the recipient of the 2015 Vernon Jarrett Medal for her reporting and commentary on race.  She is also a nationally-recognized child advocate and the author of the books That Mean Old Yesterday and Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won't Save Black America. 

Research Interests: My research explores the interface between anti-black racism and media narratives, between systemic violence and hegemonic efforts to normalize, rationalize and sustain racism, especially as it impacts the lives of vulnerable young people coming of age in a post-civil rights America.  Other topics include:

Digital storytelling 
Social media trends
Media representations of Black children 
School- and foster care-to-prison pipeline
Child abuse   

Teaching Interests: Digital Media, Feature Writing, Global Communications, Investigative, Multimedia Storytelling Journalism and Media Literacy