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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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Office Hours

Wednesdays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and by appointment.

All office hours will be virtual for the 2022-2023 academic calendar.


Spring 2023
CHUM 324 - 01
Black Girl Magic?

Fall 2023
SOC 151 - 04
Introductory Sociology

SOC 308 - 01
Baby Got Back: Embodiment