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Courtney J. Patterson-Faye

Assistant Professor of Sociology

212 College Street, 105


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BA University of Pennsylvania
MA Northwestern University
PHD Northwestern University

Courtney J. Patterson-Faye

Courtney J. Patterson-Faye is an African American Studies and sociology scholar who seeks to shift how the world regards the bodies of Black women. Her research and teaching interests include Black feminist thought, race, class and gender, Fat Studies, fashion studies, sexuality, cultural and medical sociology, and HIV/AIDS. She has published in The New Black Sociologists, Sexualities, Contemporary Black Female Sexualities, and the Du Bois Review. Currently, she is working on a manuscript that explores Black women's body size politics through lenses of popular culture, fashion, and sexuality.



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Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and by appointment.

All office hours will be virtual for the 2023-2024 academic calendar.


Fall 2024
SOC 399H - 01
ARS: Hot Mamas: Black Women

SOC 405 - 03
Sociology Thesis Seminar