Anthony Pratcher II is an itinerant historian originating from the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix. He previously worked at the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University and at the Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America at Brown University. His public scholarship explores space and race in the American Southwest. He co-edited a textbook on planning history, Planning Future Cities (Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt, 2017), with Walter Greason and is currently conducting research for his new manuscript, Searching for my People: The African Diaspora in the American Southwest, alongside revising his dissertation as an academic monograph entitled, An Ascendant Phoenix: Municipal Annexation and the Making of the Metropolitan Sunbelt. His work has been published by Pennsylvania Magazine of Biography and History, Southern California Quarterly and Technology and Culture. His Ph. D. in American History is from the University of Pennsylvania and he earned a B.A. in History from Howard University.