Dr. Anthony J. Ratcliff

Profile Summary

Hip Hop Intellectualism


EDUCATION

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.


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Assistant Professor (t-t), Department of Pan-African Studies, CSU Northridge, CA, 2009-Present
Lecturer, Department of Pan African Studies, CSU Northridge, CA, 2008-2009
Visiting Professor, Department of English, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, 2007-2008
Instructor, Department of English, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, 2007
Instructor, Department of Humanities, Capital Community College, Hartford, CT, 2007
Visiting Lecturer, African American Studies, Wesleyan University, Spring 2007
Instructor, Commonwealth College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2005-2007
Visiting Lecturer, African American Studies, Mount Holyoke College, 2005-2006
Instructor, Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2004-2005


TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

Professional Memberships

American Studies Association
Association for the Study of African American History and Life
Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
Modern Language Association
National Council for Black Studies

Honors

NCID Emerging Diversity Scholar Citation, University of Michigan, 2012
CIELO Research Grant for Released Time, California State University Northridge, 2011-2012
College Of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Competition Grant, California State University Northridge, 2010-2011
Beck Grant for Learning-Centered Instructional Projects, California State University Northridge, 2010-2011
Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, 2007-2008
Teaching Scholar, Frederick Douglass Institute, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, Summer 2007
Teaching Fellow, Capital Community College, Hartford, CT, 2006-2007
Honorarium, Research Literacy-Cultural Diversity, Univ. of Massachusetts, 2006
Fellow, Research Literacy Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2005
Participant, Summer Institute on Critical Theory, Black Womyn Scholarship, and Africana Studies, Cornell University, June-July 2003
Opportunity Scholar Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2002
Inducted, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, 2002

Contact Information

  • Name : Anthony J. Ratcliff
  • Office Phone : 818-677-4559
  • Office Hours : By Appointment Only
  • Office Location : 208 Santa Susana
  • Division/Department Name : Pan African Studies
  • Email : anthony.ratcliff@csun.edu

Curriculum Vitae

PUBLICATIONS

“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.”

SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“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.