Anthony Pratcher II is an historian from the Salt River Valley. He currently teaches at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. He held previous appointments 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 and he also serves as a Board member at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in Phoenix. 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. He is also a graduate of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona.