Patrice Preston Grimes is an Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education and Associate Dean in the Office of African-American Affairs at University of Virginia. She brings nearly 30 years of professional experience to her current academic roles as educator, administrator and researcher. Her work focuses on the history of African-American schooling in the South before the modern Civil Rights era, and youth civic education/engagement, esp. among underrepresented groups. In 2016, she received the John E. Baker Community Education Award, given annually by the African-American Teaching Fellows of Charlottesville/Albemarle (VA).
She is a graduate of Northwestern University (IL), and received her Masters of Arts in Teaching and Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Emory University. In the community, Patrice is an educational & research consultant to the Jefferson School City Center and James Madison’s Montpelier, extending her commitment to help local communities document their history and culture. Patrice and her husband, Roderick, reside in Charlottesville.