Pan-African Studies | Anthony J. Ratcliff

Department of Pan-African Studies
5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles
King Hall C3095 
Phone (323) 343-2290
Fax (323) 343-5485

Anthony Ratcliff
Anthony J. Ratcliff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: King Hall C3081H
Telephone: (323) 343-2295

Anthony J. Ratcliff is an assistant professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He earned a Ph.D. in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2009. His dissertation focused upon the the Pan-African politics of cultural struggle, with particular attention paid to the international dimensions of the Black Arts Movement. As a critical educator and radical historian, Dr. Ratcliff's research and teaching interests include revolutionary Black arts and politics; Black anti-authoritarian and autonomous movements; Black feminist theory and praxis; race, activism, and emotions; and the impact of colonialism, mass incarceration, and deportation on Hip Hop cultural production.


Dr. Ratcliff’s articles on Pan Africanism, Afro-Latinx cultural politics, Hip Hop and other topics have appeared in numerous venues, including the Journal of Pan African Studies, the International Journal of Africana Studies, the Black Scholar, An Encyclopedia of African American Literature, and elsewhere. He has also co-edited a two-volume book titled, Whitewashing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies (Praeger Press, 2016). In addition, he recently completed an article on the History of Hip Hop in Los Angeles for the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop set to be published in Spring 2018. 


Moreover, Dr. Ratcliff is the faculty advisor for the newly established Halisi Black Scholar Living Learning Community at CSULA, named after Dr. CRD Halisi. When not in the classroom or mentoring students, he's an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles (BLMLA), the California Faculty Association (CFA), and Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Dr. Ratcliff currently serves as the Vice President and chair of Membership & Organizing with the Los Angeles chapter of CFA. He was also elected as an Alternate State Council Representative with the California Teacher's Association.