• Patricia Schroeder posing outside in front of a stone wall

Patricia Schroeder

The only activities Professor Patricia Schroeder enjoys as much as reading, discussing, and analyzing literature are attending, discussing, and analyzing live performance.  That’s why her teaching and research focus on plays and on literature that has been influenced by blues music.  As Coordinator of American Studies from 2004 to 2016, she offered a variety of interdisciplinary courses on American culture (blues history, race in America, narratives of slavery) in addition to her English Department courses in American literature, African American literature, and modern drama.  In spring 2017, she will be teaching in Rome as a Fulbright scholar, working with PhD candidates in American Studies at Roma Tre University.

An accomplished scholar as well as teacher, Schroeder has published three books (two on American playwrights and one on blues legend Robert Johnson) as well as over twenty scholarly articles and theatre reviews. Having had the joy of teaching in Italy for three semesters, Professor Schroeder enjoys taking Italian classes in her spare time (when she’s not at the theatre or a blues club). 




  • B.A., Ursinus College
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia