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

Image of Anthony RatcliffAnthony 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. As a critical educator and radical historian, his research and teaching interests include ancient and pre-colonial African history; 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 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. In addition, he has recently co-edited a two-volume book titled, Whitewashing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies (Praeger Press, 2016).


When not in the classroom or mentoring students, Dr. Ratcliff is an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, the People’s Education Movement, and the California Faculty Association. In addition, he's the faculty advisor for the newly established Halisi Black Scholar Living Learning Community at CSULA, named after Dr. CRD Halisi, and he was recently elected as an Alternate State Council Representative with the California Teacher's Association.