Books authored and edited:

  1. A Black Woman’s Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor:  Lessons about Race, Class, and Gender in America (Peter Lang, 2018)  See:http://menahprattclarke.com/a-black-womans-journey/

2.  A Promising Reality: Reflections on Race, Culture and Gender in Cuba (Peter Lang, 2017), co-edited with Venessa Brown.

Summary:

A Promising Reality: Reflections on Race, Gender, and Culture in Cuba is a compilation of the reflections of a group of chief diversity officers, faculty, and educators from the United States about Cuba. As part of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education delegation to Cuba in July, 2015, A Promising Reality represents a collection of voices, experiences, and perspectives about issues of race, gender, cultural identity, and the African experience in Cuba. Key themes explored include Cuban culture, the Cuban Revolution, politics, economics, education, equity, and social change. Utilizing narrative inquiry, some of the reflections are comparative with the United States, and some reflections focus exclusively on Cuba. The book takes readers on a journey of thought-provoking stories that reflect the excitement, uncertainty, complexity, and promising possibilities on the cusp of changing diplomatic, political, economic, and social relationships between the United States and Cuba. A Promising Reality seeks to broaden the perspectives of its readers regarding US-Cuban relations. This book is ideal for courses on international relations, international studies, international affairs, comparative cultures, political science, education, politics, sociology, history, race, gender, and social justice. It is a must-read for anyone traveling to Cuba as part of study-abroad, professional development, or personal adventure.

3. Journeys of Social Justice:  Women of Color Presidents in the Academy (Peter Lang, 2017) , co-edited with Johanna Maes.

Summary:

This edited volume documents the unique experiences of women of color in higher education administration. From full professors, senior administrators, deans, presidents, and chancellors, women of color share their social justice journeys to leadership roles in the academy.  With a focus on women of color presidents, a rich landscape is painted through their own voices of their experiences as they ascend and lead higher education institutions, navigating complex dynamics influenced by their race, culture, class, and gender status.  The narratives of African American, Native American, Asian American, Mexican American, and Puerto Rican women leaders reflect the importance of their cultural heritage; the role of family values; the necessity of professional mentorship and support; the presence of personal resiliency; and the need to lift others while climbing and thriving.  This book affirms the social justice imperative of diversifying the academy to include the scholarship, voices, perspectives, viewpoints, and leadership of women of color.  Through this work, we clearly see that women of color can climb to the highest rung; can penetrate the abode ceiling, the bamboo ceiling, and the plantation roofs; can sit in the president’s chair; and can thrive as leaders in the academy. This volume can be used in higher education, gender and women’s studies,  leadership, and sociology courses on education and identity.

4. Critical Race, Feminism, and Education:  A Social Justice Model (Palgrave, 2010)

Summary:

 Critical Race, Feminism, and Education: A Social Justice Model provides a transformative next step in the evolution of critical race and Black feminist scholarship. Focusing on praxis, the relationship between the construction of race, class, and gender categories and social justice outcomes is analyzed. An applied transdisciplinary model – integrating law, sociology, history, and social movement theory – demonstrates how marginalized groups are oppressed by ideologies of power and privilege in the legal system, the education system, and the media. Pratt-Clarke documents the effects of racism, patriarchy, classism, and nationalism on Black females and males in the single-sex school debate.

Reviews:

“Menah Pratt-Clarke’s study represents one of the most thorough integrations of the law, feminism, sociology and African American Studies; her approach is a roadmap for implementing more equitable educational and public policy. Let’s hope those who institute such policies are savvy enough to pick up this book, read it, and go about the urgent business of reshaping America’s future.” – Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University, , USA, and author of Pimps Up, Ho’s Down

“We are experiencing a unique moment. For the first time in America’s history, African American women and girls live in the White House as the first family. It is clear, though, that their place is no watershed for the majority of the sisters, aunts, mothers, and grandmothers who live the everyday lives and circumstances of African Americans in the nation. Pratt-Clarke reminds us and demands from us a careful scrutiny of the meaning of racial-gender justice for black girls and women. Justice and equal access, as she reveals, is a right that has yet to be provided to most black girls in America. In fact, the barriers to these full freedoms are defined by attitudes and practices from both within and external to African American communities. Her work takes us a long way in the struggle to better understand how culture, educational policy, law, and practice work to maintain varied and entangled oppressions. It takes us still further in thinking through how to holistically create a world of greater equity for black girls and women.” – Jennifer F. Hamer, Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; Editor of Black Women, Gender and Families

“It is now common knowledge that the educational system has failed black boys. Pratt-Clarke’s important volume demarginalizes the plight of black girls, who are severely threatened as well. The future, if not the very existence, of a vibrant African-American community in the twenty-first century, will depend on strong well-educated citizens, where neither black men NOR black women have been left behind. This book, based upon a social justice approach, is a must-read for policymakers who need to be supportive and do the right thing for both genders.” – Adrien K. Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law, University of Iowa, USA , Editor of The Law Unbound!: A Richard Delgado Reader; Critical Race Feminism: A Reader; and Global Critical Race Feminism: An International Reader

“Menah A.E. Pratt-Clarke says that one of her reasons for writing is her awareness that the stories of black girls’ lives are still waiting to be told. With her insightful new book, Critical Race, Feminism, and Education: A Social Justice Model, Pratt-Clarke shows herself to be ameticulous scholar, a tireless advocate, and a passionate storyteller who has opened a great big window on a world that has been invisible to those who do not personally inhabit it for far too long.” – Pearl Cleage, author of Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman’s Guide to Truth and What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day

“Menah Pratt-Clarke’s study represents one of the most thorough integrations of the law, feminism, sociology and African American Studies; her approach is a roadmap for implementing more equitable educational and public policy. Let’s hope those who institute such policies are savvy enough to pick up this book, read it, and go about the urgent business of reshaping America’s future.” – Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University, and author of Pimps Up, Ho’s Down

“We are experiencing a unique moment. For the first time in America’s history, African American women and girls live in the White House as the first family. It is clear, though, that their place is no watershed for the majority of the sisters, aunts, mothers, and grandmothers who live the everyday lives and circumstances of African Americans in the nation. Pratt-Clarke reminds us and demands from us a careful scrutiny of the meaning of racial-gender justice for black girls and women. Justice and equal access, as she reveals, is a right that has yet to be provided to most black girls in America. In fact, the barriers to these full freedoms are defined by attitudes and practices from both within and external to African American communities. Her work takes us a long way in the struggle to better understand how culture, educational policy, law, and practice work to maintain varied and entangled oppressions. It takes us still further in thinking through how to holistically create a world of greater equity for black girls and women.” – Jennifer F. Hamer, Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Editor of Black Women, Gender and Families

“It is now common knowledge that the educational system has failed black boys. Pratt-Clarke’s important volume demarginalizes the plight of black girls, who are severely threatened as well. The future, if not the very existence, of a vibrant African-American community in the twenty-first century, will depend on strong well-educated citizens, where neither black men NOR black women have been left behind. This book, based upon a social justice approach, is a must-read for policymakers who need to be supportive and do the right thing for both genders.” – Adrien K. Wing, University of Iowa, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law, Editor of The Law Unbound!: A Richard Delgado Reader; Critical Race Feminism: A Reader;and Global Critical Race Feminism: An International Reader

“Menah A.E. Pratt-Clarke says that one of her reasons for writing is her awareness that the stories of black girls’ lives are still waiting to be told. With her insightful new book, Critical Race, Feminism, and Education: A Social Justice Model, Pratt-Clarke shows herself to be ameticulous scholar, a tireless advocate, and a passionate storyteller who has opened a great big window on a world that has been invisible to those who do not personally inhabit it for far too long.” – Pearl Cleage, author of Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman’s Guide to Truth and What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day

 

DOCTORAL THESIS TITLE:

Dissertation topic:  “Where are the Black Girls?: The Marginalization of Black Females in the Single-Sex School Debate in Detroit”, Vanderbilt University

BOOKS AUTHORED

Pratt-Clarke, Menah.  (2018). A Black Woman’s Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor:  Lessons about race, gender, and class in America.  New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Pratt-Clarke, Menah and Maes, Johanna.  (Peter Lang, 2017). Journeys of Social Justice:  Women of Color Presidents in the Academy. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Brown, Venessa and Pratt-Clarke, Menah. (2017).  Reflections on Race, Culture, and Gender in Cuba.  New York, NY:  Peter Lang Publishing.

Pratt, Mildred and Menah Pratt. 2002.   A Tribute to Love:  Forty-Six Personal Love Stories of Romance and Marriage.  Bloomington, IL: Heartland Publishing.

 CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

Pratt-Clarke, Menah.  (2014). Racial (and Gender) Battle Fatigue: The Transdisciplinary Applied Social Justice Approach.  In K. Fasching-Varner and K. Albert (Eds.), But You Can’t Take Our Souls: Racial Battle Fatigue in Higher Education.  Lanham, Maryland:  Rowman and Littlefield.

Pratt-Clarke, Menah.  (2013). Higher education leadership: The path of a Black critical race feminist. In C. Chaney and D. Davis (Eds.), Black women in leadership: Their historical and contemporary contributions.  New York: Peter Lang.

Pratt-Clarke, Menah. (2013). Doing Sociology.  In K. Korgen, J. White, & S. White (Eds.), Sociologists in action:  Sociology, social change and social justice.  2nd edition. Newbury Park, California: Pine Forge/Sage.

ARTICLES IN JOURNALS

Pratt-Clarke, Menah.  A Critical Race Feminist Autoethnography:   A Narrative about the Academy, a Father, a Daughter, and a Search for Love. Journal of Colorism Studies.  (submitted).

Pratt-Clarke, Menah.  A Black Woman’s Search for the Transdisciplinary Applied Social Justice model: Encounters with Critical Race Feminism, Black Feminism, and Africana Studies.  Journal of Pan African Studies. Vol. 5:1, 83-102 (2012).

Pratt-Clarke, Menah.  A Radical Reconstruction of Resistance Strategies:  Black Girls and Black Women Reclaiming Our Power Using Transdisciplinary Applied Social Justice©, Ma’at, and Rites of Passage.  Journal of African American Studies: Special Edition on Black Women and Girls.  First published online on May 17, 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s12111-012-9221-6.

Pratt-Clarke, Menah.  Transdisciplinary Applied Social Justice and Africana Sociology:  Intersections and connections.  Critical Sociology: Special Edition on Africana Sociology. First published online on June 11, 2012 as doi:10.1177/0896920512443140.

Pratt, Menah.  “Racial Bias in the Juvenile Justice System in the United States.” The Journal of Intergroup Relations, Vol. XX, No. 3, Fall 1993.