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Patricia Hunt-Hurst

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Associate Dean for Academic Programs

As Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Dr. Patti Hunt-Hurst is responsible for assuring the College of Family and Consumer Sciences achieves its mission of providing excellence in a teaching and learning environment dedicated to serving a diverse and well-prepared student body, promoting high levels of faculty and student achievement, and providing academic support in all programs of the college. She will oversee the Student Success and Advising Center, all aspects of experiential learning, curriculum, assessment, and the scholarship/awards program of the college.

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Research Interests:

I am a dress and fashion historian. My major research interest is in the area of African and African American dress and textile history. Specifically, my efforts are directed toward the study of the dress of African-American women, 1865-1940 in Georgia and South Carolina and slave clothing and textiles in Georgia and South Carolina. An important aspect of my research includes the documentation of historic apparel and accessories to determine date, regionality, and function. New research areas incorporate the analysis of cultural perception in the fashion marketplace, my specific interest relates to Africa, however, I have been involved in research projects focused on Asia and the United States. Since 1996 I have been actively involved with study abroad programs to London and Ghana. Both offer unique educational experiences to students interested in adding a global perspective to their academic studies.

Journal Articles

Scarborough, A. D. & Hunt-Hurst, P. (2014). The Making of an Erogenous Zone: The Role of Exoticism, Dance, and the Moviesin Midriff Exposure, 1900-1946. Dress, 40 (1), 47-65.

Hunt-Hurst, P. & Blanco F, J. (Winter 2013). Red Caps, Rat Caps: Status, Spirit, and Traditions of College Dress at the University of Georgia. The Georgia Historical Quarterly, XCVII (4), 447 - 475.

Hunt-Hurst, P., & Scarborough, A. D. (2013). Exaggerated Modesty: The Evolution and Promotion of Exposing the Navel in Swimwear and Other Clothing in the American Fashion Press, 1946 - 1966. In Sarah Heaton (Ed.). Fashioning Identities: Cultures of Exchange. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 105 - 124.

Watson, A. F., Blanco, J., Hunt-Hurst, P., & Medvedev, K. (2010).  Caregivers' perceptions of clothing for people with severe and profound disabilities.  Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2010, 110,3,961-964.

Choi, Y., Medvedev, K., Lee, Y., & Hunt-Hurst, P. (2009).  How China, Japan and Koren are percevied by Vogue USA in the last 10 years.  International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology, and Education, 2 (1), 3-11.

Lee, Y., Medvedev, K., Hunt-Hurst, P., Choi, Y. (2008).  How the Korean fashion industry is viewed by Women's Wear Daily, USA.  Journal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Tetiles, 32 (12), 1915-1926.

Lowe, T.B. , Dozier, C., Hunt-Hurst, P. & Smith, B. (2008).  Study abroad in West Africa: An interdisciplinary program of international education. College Student Journal, 42(3), 738-747.

Hunt-Hurst, P. (2004) Collecting the Pieces: Images of Georgia Quilts. The Georgia Historical Quarterly , 88 (4), 530-544.

Of note:


Fashion Fundamentals, Historic dress and fashion; dress and popular culture; historic textiles; world textiles; West African fabrics, dress, and adornment

Areas of Expertise

historic dress and fashion, 19th and 20th century; African American Dress - 1860 - 1899; headwraps and tignons; movies and fashion; quilts; college dress; rat caps

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