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Jamal Ratchford

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Jamal Ratchford earned a B.A. (2004) from Morehouse College in African American Studies, and an M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) in history from Purdue University.  He is revising a book manuscript titled, "Raise Your Black Fists: Race, Track and Field, and Protest in the 20th Century." Ratchford specializes in African-American history, 20th-century U.S. history, and Africana Studies. His teaching and research interests also include sports and popular culture, race and racism, Ethnic Studies, gender and United States Black Freedom Movements.  He has published an article, “The LeBron James Decision and Self-Determination in Post-Racial America,” in The Black Scholar, and that work was cited in an article in The Guardian written by Professor Kevin Blackistone, regular participant on ESPN show Around the Horn. Through generous NEH funding he was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for a summer institute for college and university teachers on African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights. Ratchford also is a member of several professional organizations such as the National Council for Black Studies, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.


    • B.A., Morehouse College, 2004
    • M.A., Purdue University, 2006
    • Ph.D., Purdue University, 2011