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.
Associate Professor
Office: King Hall C3081H
Telephone: (323) 343-2295

Anthony J. Ratcliff is recently tenured Associate 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 analyzed the Pan-African politics of cultural struggle, with particular attention paid to the international dimensions of the Black Arts Movement. As a critical Hip Hop educator and radical historian, Anthony's scholar-activist research and teaching interests include revolutionary Black arts and politics; Black anti-authoritarian and autonomous movements; Black feminist theory and praxis; decolonial activism and organizing; the impact of capitalism and mass incarceration on Hip Hop cultural production, and the abolition of policing and prisons.


Anthony'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 also co-edited a two-volume book titled, Whitewashing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies on Praeger Press, 2016. In addition, Anthony recently published an article on the History of Hip Hop in Los Angeles for the St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop published by St. James Press in Spring 2018. He has a forthcoming piece titled "Revisiting the Crisis of the Hip Hop Intellectual" in Higher Learning: Hip Hop in the Ivory Tower edited by Karin L. Stanford and Charles E. Jones on Black Classic Press, in spring 2019. 


When not in the classroom or mentoring students, Anthony's the Chapter President of the California Faculty Association (CFA), Los Angeles, as well as the chair of the Educational Justice and Solidarity Committee. Moreover, he is the faculty advisor to the Students for Quality Education (SQE) at Cal State LA. In addition, Anthony's an organizer with the IWW Educational Workers IU 620 and the Leimert Park Mutual Aid Organizing Committee.