Patti Loughlin was born in South Carolina but raised in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches women's history, history of the American West, twentieth-century U.S. and public history at the University of Central Oklahoma. Loughlin's first book, Hidden Treasures of the American West, examines the lives and texts of three women writers; Angie Debo, Muriel Wright and Alice Marriott. She is currently working on a manuscript on the history of the University of Central Oklahoma for Oklahoma's centennial in 2007.
BA, MA (History) Pepperdine; PhD (History) Oklahoma State University.
Director's Award and Finalist in Nonfiction, Oklahoma Book Awards, 2006 http://www.odl.state.ok.us/ocb/obaward.htm; Outstanding Book, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2006; Bass/McCasland Award for Excellence in Teaching Oklahoma History, Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2006.
Hidden Treasures of the American West (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005); With Bob Burke. Building Traditions, Educating Generations: A History of the University of Central Oklahoma.Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2007.
"Alice Marriott: Recording the Lives of American Indian Women" in Out on Their Own Frontier: Women Intellectuals and the Re-visioning of the West, 1900-1960, ed. Shirley Leckie and Nancy J. Parezo (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2008)
In reference to her manuscript on the University of Central Oklahoma, she writes, "Oral history is an important tool in telling institutional history. Conducted by students involved in the oral history project, oral histories from past presidents, faculty and staff, and alumni have provided a prism through which to view the collective memory of the institution."