Dr. Jamal L. Ratchford
History & Political Science
Phone: 317 788 3335
Ph.D., 2011, Purdue University
Areas of Specialty:
- African-American History
- Sports and Popular Culture
- Civil Rights Movement
- Post-1945 American History
- Africana Studies
Upper Division Courses:
- History of African Americans to 1910 (undergraduate and graduate)
- History of the Civil Rights Movement (undergraduate and graduate)
- Hip Hop America
- "I am the Greatest": American Sport and Society
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History
- Indiana Association of Historians
- National Council for Black Studies
- Southern Conference on African American Studies Incorporated
- Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
- "The LeBron James Decision and Self-Determination in Post-Racial America," The Black Scholar 42, no. 1 (Spring 2012).
- "The 1968 Olympic Games and the Appropriation of Black Athletic Power," in ed. Tamara Brown. Soul Thieves: The Appropriation and Misrepresentation of African American Popular Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
- “The LeBron James Decision in the Age of Obama,” in ed. Chris Lamb. Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Essays on Sports, Race and the Media (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015).
- “Race, Masculinity, and San Jose State as the last frontier for collegiate boxing in the NCAA,” in edited volume on Bay Area sport history by Maureen Smith and Rita Liberti (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2015).
Awards and Honors:
- Visiting Fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers: African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights, Harvard University, 2013
- University of Indianapolis Summer Research Grant, 2013