Patricia J.

Patricia J. Stout PhD

Lecturer in Communication Studies



Patricia J. Stout

Patricia J. Stout PhD

Title: Lecturer in Communication Studies
Department: Communication
Building: CAS


  • Ph.D. in Visual and Performing Arts, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2022
  • M.A. in Communication, The University of Texas at Tyler, 2012
  • B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication; B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture; Certificate in International Media, University of Colorado Boulder, 2009


Dr. Stout received her Ph.D. in Visual and Performing Arts from The University of Texas at Dallas and her M.A. in Communication from The University of Texas at Tyler. She specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American art, film, and cultural studies. Dr. Stout’s research addresses interdisciplinary topics in communication studies, literature, and art history. Her current research explores Brazilian women’s filmmaking and connections between art, urbanization, and social justice in the US and Latin America, with particular attention to class relations and social issues in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Stout studied at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro in 2008-2009, which has impacted her research greatly. She is particularly interested in how public art serves as a means of communication between different socio-economic classes in Brazil.

Dr. Stout has six years of experience working in higher education and has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses across a wide range of topics in the Humanities at The University of Texas at Tyler, The University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of North Texas. In 2019, she was awarded a two-year fellowship at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History (EODIAH) Research Center at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), where she completed research for her doctoral dissertation on post-war Brazilian art. Prior to teaching, Dr. Stout worked in the corporate world and has five years of experience in marketing and public relations, including working as an Account Manager for Business Direct Marketing in Tyler, Texas, and for NLP Media Inc., a media consulting company in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Research Statement

Dr. Stout has been invited to present her research on postwar Brazilian art and film at five international conferences on various occasions including the College Art Association (CAA) annual conference, the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) annual congress, the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) biennial conference, SECAC, and the Nasher Sculpture Center Graduate Symposium. In May 2022, she co-chaired a panel at LASA entitled Art and Migration in the Americas, which examined the role modern and contemporary artists have played in highlighting untold stories of migration across country borders throughout the Americas. In February 2022, she chaired a panel at CAA on the relationships between contemporary artists, their audiences, and the outside world titled Complicated Relations in Contemporary Art and presented a paper on the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark’s hinged metal sculptures created between 1960-1963 called Bichos (Critters). The previous year, she co-chaired a panel at CAA entitled Reimagining Landscapes in a Time of Crisis: Contemporary Latin American Art in Dialogue with the Natural World, which analyzed how contemporary Latin American artists address issues of climate change and global warming.

Dr. Stout’s secondary research interests include the use of new media technologies in the classroom and intersections between art, science, and technology in the twenty-first century. In September 2020, she co-published a book chapter in Science Education in Theory & Practice on the importance of incorporating new media technologies into present-day teaching and learning activities to enhance communication among students from diverse backgrounds and to promote long-term learning.

Dr. Stout’s current projects underway include an article on the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, an article on Fernando Meirelles’s 2002 film Cidade de Deus (City of God),and preparing her dissertation on community-based art in Brazil for publication as a book.