Patti Loughlinis Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Geography at the University of Central Oklahoma. She serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society and participates as a scholar in the Oklahoma Humanities Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma book discussion program. Loughlin specializes in modern U.S. history, women’s history, American Indian history, and the history of the American West.

Her book, Hidden Treasures of the American West: Muriel H. Wright, Angie Debo and Alice Marriott, received the Outstanding Book on Oklahoma History from the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Director's Award and Finalist in Nonfiction from the Oklahoma Center for the Book in 2006. She coauthored Building Traditions, Educating Generations: A History of the University of Central Oklahoma with Bob Burke.