Tiffany Mitchell Patterson

Assistant Professor of Secondary Social Studies, West Virginia University

Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, PhD, is an assistant professor of secondary social studies in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies. Prior to joining WVU, she taught upper elementary and middle school social studies for 10 years in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia. Mitchell Patterson earned her doctorate in multilingual/multicultural education and education policy from George Mason University. Her research interests include critical civic education, teacher and youth activism, teaching Black history, and utilizing archival research to uncover untold histories of people of color and underrepresented populations that could be incorporated into secondary social studies instruction. Advocacy, activism, intersectionality, social justice and anti-bias/racist education lie at the core of her research and teacher practice. Education is her revolution.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, West Virginia University