Anthony Pratcher II is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. His scholarship explores how spatial relationships reinforce racial relationships in North American cities. He co-edited a textbook on planning history, Planning Future Cities (Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt, 2017), with Walter Greason and has been published by Pennsylvania Magazine of Biography and History, Southern California Quarterly and Technology and Culture. His dissertation, entitled, Community Consumed: Sunbelt Capitalism, A Praxis for Community Control, and the (Dis) Integration of Civic Life in Maryvale, Arizona, interweaves urban planning, western history and Black studies to show how urban policies affect community life in the metropolitan Sunbelt. He is revising it under the title, An Ascendant Phoenix: Settler Colonialism and the Making of the Metropolitan Sunbelt, as a case study in urban settler colonialism. He earned his Ph. D. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded a B.A. in History from Howard University–where he minored in Philosophy.