Joseph Patteson

Joseph Patteson

Associate Professor of Spanish

Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department


Ph.D. in Spanish American Literature, 2017, University of Wisconsin - Madison; M.A. in Hispanic Literature, 2012, University of Wisconsin - Madison; B.A. in Spanish, University of North Carolina at Asheville


Joseph Patteson holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has been teaching Spanish language and Latin American cultures since 2010. His area of expertise is contemporary Latin America, with a focus on the intersections of intoxication and culture. Patteson's book, Drugs, Violence and Latin America: Global Psychotropy and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), centers on literature and narco-violence in Mexico, but this phenomenon is placed within a global and historical framework, in which theories and products of culture illuminate — and are illuminated by — the problem of psychotropy as understood by biology, psychology and other disciplines. His current research involves collaboration with members of the Wixárika people of western Mexico, whose land and culture face threats ranging from mining concessions to psychedelic tourism. His work has appeared in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, A ContracorrienteTransmodernity, and Letras Hispanas.