Dr. Pratt-Clarke has two sole author books (A Black Woman’s Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor: Lessons about Race, Gender, and Class in America; and Critical Race, Feminism, and Education: A Social Justice Model), two edited volumes (see below), several book chapters, and journal articles.
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.
A Promising Reality: Reflections on Race, Culture and Gender in Cuba (Peter Lang, 2017), co-edited with Venessa Brown.
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.
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 AND EDITED:
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-Clarke, Menah. (2010). Critical Race, Feminism, and Education: A Social Justice Model. New York, NY: Palgrave.
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
Invited to write two chapters for edited volumes on autoethnography (in progress)
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, Andrea Baldwin, and Leticia Brown. (2020, October 27). Urban Teaching and Black Girls’ Pedagogies. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.1349
Pratt-Clarke, Menah. Foreword in Standpoints: Black Feminist Knowledges. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Press (2020).
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. Vol. 3:1 (2018).
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.