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Research and Teaching Interest

Culture, race and ethnicity, education

Current Research

Dr. Patterson’s primary research agenda examines diversity among U.S. arts consumers. Specifically, his work considers how education’s influence on arts participation varies by race-ethnicity, a genre’s cultural origins, and the means of consumption. His latest publication is featured in Cultural Sociology. It reveals how education’s impact on visual and performing arts attendance differs between Whites and non-Whites. Dr. Patterson’s research highlights how the Eurocentric bias in arts consumption reinforces social inequality regardless of one’s level of education. 

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Louisiana State University, 2018
  • M.A. Louisiana State University, 2013
  • B.A. Millsaps College, 2007


  • Introduction to Sociology 
  • Race and Ethnic Relations 
  • Sociology of Education 
  • Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
  • The Family

Selected Publications 

  • Patterson, Nile DeGray. 2020. “Who Goes to Shows? Race-ethnicity and the Visual and Performing Arts.” Cultural Sociology 14(1): 22-41. 
  • Cope, Michael, Nile Patterson, Mark J. Schafer, Dari Green, Amanda Cowley and Troy Blanchard. April 2014. “Racial and Ethnic Groups in the Gulf of Mexico Region: Creole and Multiracial.” LSU AgCenter Research Report #122. 
  • Patterson, Nile, Mark J. Schafer and Troy Blanchard. 2013. “Racial and Ethnic Groups in the Gulf of Mexico Region: African-Americans.” LSU AgCenter Research Report #121.