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Faculty: Amy Patterson

Amy PattersonAmy Patterson, Professor, Political Science, Department Chair

(616) 526-7028
Office: DeVos Center 261J

Educational Background

Professor Patterson graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1989 with a bachelor of arts in political science and international affairs. She completed her Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1996 with a major in political science and a minor in African studies. She joined the political science department faculty at Calvin College in 2001 after teaching at Anderson University and Elmhurst College.

Academic Interests

African Politics, Latin American Politics, Development, Democratization

Recent Activities

Professor Patterson recently published a book entitled The Church and AIDS in Africa: The Politics of Ambiguity. She is also author of The Politics of AIDS in Africa. During 2011 she spent six months in Zambia conducting research on empowerment and advocacy with support programs for people living with HIV and AIDS. In summer 2010, she organized a workshop in Uganda for academics and religious leaders from the USA, Europe, and Africa on the topic of religion, AIDS, and social activism.


Reading, running, cooking, ballroom dancing, spending time with family

Additional Information

Read Professor Patterson's letter to her former, current and future students as printed in The Calvin Spark Summer 2011

Curriculum Vitae