Robert J. Patterson


Robert J. Patterson is an associate professor of African American studies and English and director of African American studies at Georgetown University. He is the author of Exodus Politics: Civil Rights and Leadership in African American Literature and Culture. As a thought leader, site Patterson also has published a variety of scholarly articles that analyze Black politics, culture, and history. He has traveled throughout the country to present his scholarly work, and also to lead dialogues about Black political empowerment.

Currently, Patterson is working on three book projects that examine issues particularly relevant to Black communities. The first is a coedited volume that examines the lasting impact of slavery. The second is a single-authored analysis of the relationship that Black popular culture has to Black political empowerment. The third is a collection of essays in which Black men explore how their relationships with their fathers have impacted their attitudes toward fatherhood. Each of these projects reflects Patterson’s commitment toward thinking through and developing solutions to issues that significantly impact Black communities.

Patterson maintains a commitment to philanthropic activities and has served as a mentor for a high school leadership program, registered voters at local high schools, organized and led college preparation workshops, served as a big brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and raised money for the March of Dimes’ Walk for Babies.

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