Donna is a Ph.D candidate in African History at Indiana University. She has her M.A. in History from Indiana University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and was a Fulbright Fellow from 2000 to 2001. Currently she is working on her dissertation, which focuses on women pharmacists in post-independence Senegal. Exploring an interest in Muslim women's entrepreneurship led Ms. Patterson to the intersection of gender, Islam and professional development among female pharmacists in Senegal. Her research is important to a better understanding of the health care sector in Senegal and the rise of women in a male-dominated profession.