An expert in early modern British history, Professor Patterson received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1994. Her scholarship investigates the intersection between political and social history, examining relations between central government and local communities in Great Britain during the time of the Tudors and the Stuarts. Professor Patterson’s research has been supported by the American Historical Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her work has appeared in scholarly journals in the U.S. and the U.K., including the Journal of British Studies. Her first monograph, Urban Patronage in Early Modern England, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press.