Amy Patterson, Ph.D.

Sewanee, University of the South

Phone: 931 598 1547

Address: 735 University Avenue

City: Sewanee, Tennessee - 37383

Country: United States

Research Interests

African Politics


Health Politics and Policy


Foreign Aid


Global Health Governance

Religion African Politics

Health Policy Africa

Development Africa

Civil Society Africa

Countries of Interest






Books Written:

(2018) Africa and Global Health Governance, Johns Hopkins University Press

The book uses the cases of AIDS, the 2014–2015 Ebola outbreak, and noncommunicable diseases to demonstrate why and how African states accept, challenge, or remain ambivalent toward global health policies, structures, and norms. It illustrates how African actors play complicated roles in global health policy design and implementation, not victims of broader global structures but agents in these processes.

(2017) Dependent Agency in the Global Health Regime: Local African Responses to Donor AIDS Efforts, Palgrave Macmillan

The book investigates local reactions to donor-driven AIDS programs in southern Africa. It emphasizes the concept of dependent agency, the condition in which local actors can simultaneously act and be dependent on economic structures and donor programs. It draws upon empirical data from Malawi and Zambia collected between 2005 and 2014, The work interrogates the nuanced strategies of dependent agency: performances of compliance, extraversion, and resistance below the line. The findings elucidate the dynamic interactions between actors which often occur “off stage” but which affect development processes.