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Department of Pan African Studies



Pan African Studies
221 Santa Susana Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8315

Hours: M-F (8 a.m. to 5 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3311
Fax: (818) 677-3619



Professor Anthony Ratcliff


Anthony Ratcliff

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies, Concentration in Literary and Cultural Studies; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, May 2009. Dissertation Title: "Liberation at the End of the Pen: Writing Pan-African Politics of Cultural Struggle."
  • M.A. in African American Studies; Morgan State University, Baltimore, May 2002. Master's Thesis: "Guilt by Association: The Marginalization of Radicals within the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1930-1950."
  • B.A. in Liberal Studies; California State University, Hayward, December 1995.

Courses Taught

  • PAS 100: Introduction to Black Culture (online and in-class versions)
    PAS 168: Introduction to the African Diaspora
    PAS 300: Contemporary Issues in the Black Community
    PAS 324: Black Women in Contemporary Times
    PAS 344: Literature of the African and Caribbean Experience
    PAS 368: The Politics of Hip-Hop



Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “The Radical Evolution of Du Boisian Pan Africanism.” Journal of Pan African Studies, March 2013.
  • “The Crisis of the Hip-Hop Intellectual.” Hip-Hop in the Academy: A Special Volume of the International Journal of Africana Studies, Spring/Summer 2011.
  • Co-Editor, Rethinking Pan-Africanism: A Special Volume of The Black Scholar. Published Winter 2008.
  • “Black Writers of the World Unite!” Negotiating Pan-African Politics of Cultural Struggle in Afro-Latin America, The Black Scholar, Winter 2008.
  • Contributor, Writing African American Women, Elizabeth Beaulieu, ed., Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, April 2006. (Subject: Sarah Webster Fabio).
  • Contributor, An Encyclopedia of African American Literature, Hans Ostrom and David Macey, eds., Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. (Subjects: Camille Yarbrough and Sarah Webster Fabio).
  • Contributor, Encyclopedia of American History, Vol. 8, Gary B. Nash, ed. New York: Facts on File, 2003. Subject: “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1929-1945.”



  • “Free South Africa! Hip-Hop, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Global Anti-Apartheid Struggle.” Paper Presented at: National Council for Black Studies, Indianapolis, IN, March 2013.
  • “The Struggle in Perspective: Exploring Revolutionary Pan-African Print Culture in the Pages of the SOBU Newsletter/The African World.” Paper Presented at: National Council for Black Studies, Atlanta, GA, 8 March 2012.
  • “The Crisis of the Hip-Hop Intellectual.” Paper presented at: National Council for Black Studies, Cincinnati, OH, 18 March 2011.
  • “Deep in the gloom of the firefilled pit”: Black Liberation at the Point of Production.” Paper presented at: the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 1 October 2010.
  • “Showin’ and Provin’: The Hip Hop Think Tank at California State University Northridge.” Paper presented at: Triggering Change 2: Hip-Hop, Community Engagement & Sites of Empowerment, 24 April 2010. 
  • “Agosto Negro/Black August: Sketching Hip-Hop’s Pan African Revolution.” Paper presented at: American Studies Association, Washington, DC, 7 November 2009.
  • “The Roots of Hip-Hop Culture in Los Angeles, 1965-1987.” Research presented at the Department of Pan-African Studies Faculty Retreat, 20 August 2008.

Research and Interests

  • African Diaspora Cultural Studies
    Black Arts Movement
    The Cultural History of Pan-Africanism
    The Cultural Politics of Hip-Hop
    Digital Humanities and Media Literacy
    Explorations of the Black Aesthetic
    Introduction to Black Cultural Studies
    Literature of the African and Caribbean Experience