Chelsey Patterson

Davis & Elkins College

Chelsey Patterson
Assistant Professor of English
Location: Albert Hall 317
Phone: 304-637-1216


  • Ph.D. English, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas
  • M.A., Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • B.A., Texas A&M University

Teaching Areas: 

  • First-Year Composition
  • Professional and Technical Writing
  • Visual Culture
  • Postmodern Literature
  • Chicana Literature

Research Interests/Professional Activities: 

  • Composition Studies in the First-Year Classroom
  • Visual Rhetoric and Culture
  • Postmodern American Literature
  • Chicana Literature
  • The Nineteenth-Century Circus Sideshow
  • Nineteenth-Century Material Representations of Mourning (jewelry, hair art and funeral relics)


  • “Constructed Spaces and Transitory Décor: Georhetorical Practices as Experiential Learning in Rhetoric and Composition.” Open Words: Access and English Studies. 2017.
  • “Postmortem Racism and Contested Ways of Seeing: Death and Photography in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century.” Proceedings of the The Art of Death and Dying Symposium, Houston, Texas, October 24-27, 2012. Texas Digital Library.
  • “The Double-Faced Woman and the Tattooed Mestiza: The Rhetoric of the Sideshow in the Writing of Gloria Anzaldúa.”  El Mundo Zurdo 2: Selected Works from the 2010 Meeting of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa. Ed. Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Norma Alarcón, and Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz. San Francisco: Aunt Lute, 2012.