Stacey Patton, Ph.D.
Stacey Patton is an assistant professor of digital storytelling in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University. Her reporting on issues of child welfare, race relations, and higher education has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Al Jazeera, BBC News, TheRoot.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, ForHarriet.com, and Dame Magazine. She has made appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, FOX News, CBS, and Democracy Now. Dr. Patton has won numerous journalism awards and citations from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Scripps Howard Foundation, New York Women in Communications, and the Education Writers Associations. In 2015, Dr. Patton was awarded the Vernon Jarrett Medal for her national commentary and reporting on race.
Dr. Patton attended Johns Hopkins University and New York University where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She earned her Ph.D. in African American history from Rutgers University. Her dissertation, “Why Black Children Can’t Grow Up: The Construction of Racial Childhood in America, 1880-1954,” focuses on the acceleration of Black children’s maturity into perceived adulthood is a core feature of anti-black racism both institutionally and socially.
My research focuses on the intersections of race and parenting, media images of African American children, corporal punishment of children, foster care, the school and foster care-to-prison pipelines, and communication strategies for sharing health information on child development issues within African American communities. I am also interested in applying digital storytelling techniques such as 3D animation, virtual reality, GIS mapping to illuminate racial disparities in public health.
Creative and Published Works
That Mean Old Yesterday – A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, 2007)
Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America (Beacon Press, 2017)
Strung Up: The Lynching of Black Children and Teenagers During Jim Crow (Beacon Press, forthcoming)
Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Angela P. Harris, eds. (2020) Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia. Logan: Utah State University Press. Chapter, “Why I Clap Back Against Racist Trolls Who Attack Black Women Academics.”
Margaret Stevenson, Bette L. Bottoms, and Kelly C. Burke, eds. (2020) Children and Race: Psychology, Law, and Public Policy. New York: Oxford University Press. Chapter 3, “Corporal Punishment Harms All Children: Rethinking the Culture Defense in Expert Witness Testimony in Child Abuse Cases.”
Academic Book Reviews
Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture by Sheri Parks
and Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman: A Voice and the Embodiment of a
Costly Performance by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant in Women’s Review of Books,
January/February 2011 Issue. https://www.wcwonline.org/WRB-Issues/the-mules-of-the-world
Reasoning From Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution by Serena Mayeri, in Women’s Review of Books, November 2011 Issue. https://www.wcwonline.org/WRB-Issues/the-mules-of-the-world
Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia
edited by Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen Gonzalez, and
Angela Harris, in Women’s Review of Books, August 2013 Issue. https://upcolorado.com/excerpts/PresumedIncompetent_WomensReviewofBooks.pdf
The Third Pillar of Slavery: A Review of Ebony and Ivory: Race, Slavery and the
Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig Steven Wilder in Women’s Review of Books, January 2014 Issue. http://www.srv1.wcwonline.org/Women-=-Books-Blog/slavery
Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State by Catherine E. Rymph, in Women’s Review of Books, Spring 2018 Issue.
“The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston, South Carolina.” December 2017
produced for The College of Charleston’s Racial Justice Institute. https://rsji.cofc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/The-State-of-Racial-Disparities-in-Charleston-County-SC-Rev.-11-14.pdf
Selected Journalistic Articles
“Why Blacks Aren’t Embracing Occupy Wall Street.” The Washington Post, Nov. 16,
“A Plea to Let N.J. Adoptees Find Themselves.” New Jersey Star-Ledger, May 22, 2011.
“Some Blacks See Discipline As A Duty. The NAACP Should Not Agree.” The
Washington Post, June 22, 2012.
Black Studies: “Swaggering Into the Future,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April
From Graduate School to Welfare, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2012.
Who’s Afraid of Black Sexuality? The Chronicle Review, December 3, 2012.
Rachel Dolezal Case Leaves a Campus Bewildered and Some Scholars Disgusted, The
Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2015.
“A Video Survey of Police Interactions: Inequality in Black and White.” The Root.com,
September 6, 2014.
“Understanding Black America and the Spanking Debate.” BBC News Magazine,
September 20, 2014.
“What It Really Means To Hit A Child.” Al Jazeera America, September 24, 2014.
“In America, Black Children Don’t Get To Be Children.” The Washington Post,
November 26, 2014.
“Why Is America Celebrating the Beating of a Black Child?” The Washington Post, April
Daring to Speak of Black Women. The Chronicle Review, July 6, 2015.
“What Happened In South Carolina Is A Daily Risk For Black Children.” The
Washington Post, October 28, 2015.
“Sorry, ‘Deplorables’: Being Called Racist Doesn’t Mean You’re Being Oppressed.” The
Washington Post, September 15, 2016.
“Stop Beating Black Children.” The New York Times, March 10, 2017.
“Don’t Be a Fast Girl” — How Hitting Your Daughter Can Trigger Early Puberty –
Mutha Magazine, March 4, 2017.
“’I’ll Bust You In the Head Till the White Meat Shows’: Stand-up comedy, black families
and corporal punishment.” Salon, March 25, 2017.
“Turning H&M’s Racist Image Around on White Kids Won’t Fix Anything.” The
Washington Post, January 12, 2018.
“Arming Teachers Would Put Black and Latino Kids In Danger.” The Washington Post,
February 27, 2018.
“We can’t ignore race in the tragic story of Devonte Hart and his white adoptive
mothers.” The Washington Post, April 6, 2018.
“There’s no cost to white people who call 911 about black people. There should be.” The
Washington Post, May 16, 2018.
“Charleston’s apology for slavery is just empty symbolism.” The Washington Post, June
“When black students are beaten in school – an black educators are to blame.” The
Washington Post, February 20, 2019.
“There’s no point responding to Trump’s race-baiting. He won’t stop.” The Washington
Post, July 30, 2019.
“In A Warning Against Spanking, Some Pediatricians See an Attack on Black Families.”
The New York Times, August 27, 2019.
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