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Ashley Nichol Patterson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction


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.

Research Interests

Curriculum Issues; Language, Culture, and Society Education; Langua/Literacy Education; Reading


  • Ph.D., Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education, The Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.A., Quantitative Research, Evaluation & Measurement, The Ohio State University, 2014
  • M.S., Reading Specialization, Hood College, 2010
  • B.S., Special & Elementary Education, (Magna Cum Laude), Boston University, 2006