Martha Patterson, Ph.D.

Photo of Martha Patterson, Ph.D.Professor of English

Coordinator of Prestigious Fellowships & Scholarships

Office: Carnegie Hall 206

Phone: (618) 537-6881


Ph.D., English, University of Iowa, May 1996.

M.A., Literary Studies, University of Iowa, August 1990.

B.A., English, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, June 1988. Earned distinction for English comprehensive integrative exercise and in the English major.

Teaching & Research Interests

American late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century studies, women’s studies, African American literature and culture, and composition.

Academic Positions

Professor of English, McKendree University, 2014

Fulbright Lecturer/Scholar, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, 2010-2011.

Associate Professor, English Department, McKendree University (formally McKendree College), 2006 to present.

Assistant Professor, English Department, McKendree College, 2004-2006.

Assistant Professor, English Department, Spring Hill College, 2000-2004.

Lecturer, English Department, University of Michigan, 1998-2000.

Recent Publications

Work in Progress

Book Project: The Harlem Renaissance Weekly. A study of major themes in Harlem Renaissance literature through the lens of four African American weekly newspapers.


Beyond the Gibson Girl: Reimagining the American New Woman, 1895-1915. University of Illinois Press, 2005. Paperback version released 2008.

Gale Group Reprint of “Sui Sin Far & the Wisdom of the New.” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 232. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2010. 229-338.

Gale Group Reprint of “Mary Johnston, Ellen Glasgow and the Evolutionary Logic of Progressive Reform.” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Kathy D. Darrow. Vol. 266. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2012. 1-124.

The American New Woman Revisited: A Reader, 1894-1930. Rutgers University Press,



"Feminine Monstrosity in the 2016 Presidential Campaign."  The Philosophical Salon. September 25, 2016.

“Fascist Parody and Wish Fulfillment: George Schuyler’s Periodical Fiction of the 1930s.” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies. 4.1, July 1913.

“What is Africa to George Schuyler?” Colonial and Postcolonial Experiences: Essays in Honour of Peter Young. Ed. Jan Erik Mustad and Ulla Rahbek. Novus Press, Oslo, 2011.

“’Chocolate Baby, a Story of Ambition, Deception, and Success’: Refiguring the New Negro Woman in the Pittsburgh Courier.” The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film, 1890s-1930s, eds. Elizabeth Otto and Vanessa Rocco. University of Michigan Press, February 2011.


“Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955.” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for college and university faculty, summer 2013.

Fulbright Research/Teaching Award to Norway, University of Agder, 2010.

Teagle Summer Research Grant, Spring Hill College, 2003.

Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship, 2002.

Interdisciplinary Partnership Grant, Spring Hill College, 2001.

Mitchell Faculty Scholarship Grant, Spring Hill College, 2001.


American Studies Community Partnership Grant, “Illinoistown: A Cultural History of East St. Louis,” 2008-2009.

Illinois Arts Council Grant Recipient, Charles Pace as Malcolm X Performance, Spring 2007

Illinois Arts Council Grant Recipient, Kevin Radaker as Henry David Thoreau Performance, 2005.

Alabama Humanities Foundation Small Grant Co-Award Recipient, Women's Studies Lecture, Ntozake Shange, 2004.

Teagle Summer Research Grant, Spring Hill College, 2003.

Interdisciplinary Partnership Grant, Spring Hill College, 2001.

Mitchell Faculty Scholarship Grant, Spring Hill College, 2001.