Patty Loew is a professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication and affiliated with American Indian Studies, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the School of Human Ecology Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies. Her research interests lie in television documentary production, diversity, and Native American media. Broadly speaking, she teaches courses in video production and analysis in the life sciences.
She is particularly interested in how indigenous people use the media to form identity, reconstruct the past, and assert their sovereignty and treaty rights. She has authored several books: “Native People of Wisconsin,” a social studies text used by 15,000 elementary school children and a newly revised and expanded edition of “Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal.” A third book, “Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin,” a collection of biographies of Native American environmental leaders, was published in spring 2014 and has won a Midwest Book Award in the Culture category. She has authored dozens of scholarly and general interest articles on Native topics and produced scores of Native-themed documentaries that have appeared on commercial and public television stations throughout the country.
Formerly, Loew was a producer for WHA-TV (PBS) and co-host of In Wisconsin, a weekly news and public affairs program that aired statewide on Wisconsin Public Television. Prior to joining the UW-Madison faculty she worked as a reporter and anchor for television stations in Portland, OR; Spokane, WA; and Madison and La Crosse, WI.
She works extensively with Native youth, teaching digital storytelling skills through the Tribal Youth Media Initiative she coordinates with LSC Faculty Associate Don Stanley. She sees this initiative as a way to grow the next generation of Native storytellers and land stewards. In 2016 Loew was named a Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters Fellow. She is a former member of the national board of directors for both UNITY: Journalists of Color and the Native American Journalists Association.
She is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.
A list of her publications on Google Scholar can be found here.