Anthony Pratcher II

Ph.D. Candidate

B.A., History, Howard University (2010)

A.M. American History, University of Pennsylvania (2014)


Mary Frances Berry
Thomas J. Sugrue
Eiichiro Azuma

Personal Statement:

My dissertation is titled Community Consumed: Sunbelt Capitalism, the Politics of Community Control, and the Financialization of Civic Life in Metropolitan America, and it focuses on the rise and fall of civic life in the suburban Sunbelt community of Maryvale. This neighborhood, the first master-planned community built in Phoenix after World War II, was built in an unusual private/public collaboration between builder John F. Long and civic leaders in the fledgling community. Through the use of news sources, GIS and census data, planning documents, and oral histories, my research shows how Long and the residents of his community, emblematic of so many others across the suburban Sunbelt, came to embrace everyday practices which reflect an understanding of community as a private commodity to be consumed through the free-market as opposed to public utility to be created through civic participation.

At Penn, I was elected to multiple leadership positions on the Penn Graduate and Professional Student Assembly--first as the Vice-Chair for Finance (where I managed an annual budget of over $1,000,000) and then as the Vice-Chair for Equity and Access (where I helped organize underrepresented, international, and minority student communities at Penn). After relocating to the Phoenix area, I joined the Historic Preservation Board for the city of Glendale, AZ. 

As far as intellectual contributions, I have had book reviews published by Southern California Quarterly and Technology and Culture and have experience teaching on a broad array of subjects in American History and Africana Studies at Penn, Arizona State University-West, and Estrella Mountain Community College. I am a huge propenent of social media as an educational tool; for more, please see my website.

Finally, I make time to practice guitar and yoga, as my four year old son has shown me that balance is truly the key to life.

CV (file): 
Research Interests: 

Post-war American Social History; Community Formation; Housing; Social Policy; Sunbelt

Selected Publications: 

Book Review, “Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland,” Southern California Quarterly 96.2 (Summer 2014)

Book Review, “Desert Visions and the Making of Phoenix” Technology and Culture 54.3 (July 2013)

Courses Taught: 

American History to 1865 (Spring 2016)
African American History since 1865 (Fall 2015)