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Catherine F. Patterson
Associate Professor

Catherine Patterson

Phone: (713) 743-3110
Office: 541 Agnes Arnold Hall
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Dr. Patterson is a scholar of Early Modern British and urban history. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Professor Patterson has been the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies in the UH History Department.


Dr. Patterson teaches a variety of courses in British and European history, with specialization in England during the early modern era, ca.1500-1800. She teaches undergraduate courses in Western Civilization to 1450, British History to 1688, Tudor England, Stuart England and Social History of Early Modern England. Her graduate courses include a research seminar in European History and Readings in Early Modern English History.

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Research Interests

Dr. Patterson's research interest focuses on the intersection between political and social history of the early modern period--how politics actually worked within the social structure, how the early modern state developed and functioned. Her particular area of expertise is corporate towns and their position within the early modern state in England. Professor Patterson is continuing her research on projects that include a large study of urban politics and relations to the crown in the early Stuart period and a study of quo warranto proceedings involving borough corporations in the Court of King's Bench.

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Selected Publications

  • Urban Patronage in Early Modern England: Corporate Boroughs, the Landed Elite, and the Crown, 1580-1640 (Stanford University Press, 1999).

  • “Married to the Town: Francis Parlett’s Rhetoric of Urban Magistracy in Early Modern England” inLocal Identities in Early Modern England, ed. Daniel Woolf and Norman Jones (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), pp. 156-177

  • "Town and City Government" in A Companion to Tudor Britain, ed. R. Tittler and N. Jones (Blackwell Publishing, 2004), pp. 116-132

  • "Quo Warranto and Borough Corporations in Early Stuart England: Royal Prerogative and Local Privileges in the Central Courts," English Historical Review 120 (September 2005): 879-906

  • "Corporations, Cathedrals, and the Crown: Local Dispute and Royal Interest in Early Stuart England," History 85 (2000): 546-571

  • "Dispute Resolution and Patronage in Provincial Towns, 1590-1640," Journal of British Studies 37 (1998): 1-25

  • "Leicester and Lord Huntingdon: Urban Patronage in Early Modern England," Midland History 16 (1991): 45-62