​Dr. Peggy Stevenson Ratliff

Dr. Ratliff is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. An avid reader, Dr. Ratliff has taught on all levels from pre-school through the college level.

Biography

Dr. Peggy Stevenson Ratliff is a tenured Professor of English and Project Manager for a Grant from the Mellon Foundation entitled Internationalizing the Humanities at Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina. She received her doctor of Philosophy degree from Howard University in Washington, DC in Comparative Selected Women’s Literature: Caribbean, African American and American Women Writers. Dr. Ratliff has several publications including articles and chapters on Ed Bullins, Marcus Garvey John Blanche, Rosa Guy, and the Jackson Five, the Black Matriarch and several others. She has also served as editor for three textbooks and is currently serving as the Assistant Editor of The International Short Story.Additionally, Dr. Ratliff has co-authored severalarticles with her husband, Dr. Roosevelt Ratliff, Jr. Dr. Ratliff is the recipient of the James E. Hunter Award for Excellence in Teaching at Claflin University in 1997. Under Dr. Ratliff’s leadership as Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Claflin, the school received the 2009 Governor’s Award from the South Carolina Humanities Council for Excellence in the Humanities.

She co-wrote and co-presented with Ms. Linda R. Hill, Assistant Professor of English, Claflin University, with whom she frequently collaborates, “The Role of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Shaping the Lives of Women and Men in Selected Novels and Memoirs by African and African American Female Writers” at the 75th CLA (College Language Association) Convention in Dallas, Texas, in April 2015; they co-wrote and co-presented "Studying the Works of Julia Peterkin," at the Fourteenth Claflin University Conference on Contemporary English and Literature Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions in October 2015.

Education

  • Certificate – Harvard University Graduate Institute for Management and Leadership
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree in Comparative Women’s Literature: Caribbean, African American and American , Howard University
  • M. Ed. - English Education, South Carolina State University
  • B.A. – English Education, South Carolina State University

Research Interests

  • Women’s Literature
  • African American Literature and History
  • Caribbean Literature
  • Politics
  • Shakespeare and the Elizabethan period
  • International Studies and Globalization
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Mythology
  • Environmental and Social Justice Issues

Activities and Honors

  • Elected Secretary, National Association of African Americans Honors Programs (NAAAHP) 2013-2015
  • While serving as Dean, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences received the Governor’s Award from the South Carolina Humanities Council for Excellence in the Arts. (The first HBCU School in the State to receive such an award).
  • Several listings in Who’s Who in American Teachers (Nominated by her students)
  • The James E. Hunter Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • The First English major to be a recipient of the Dorothy C. Danforth Dissertation Fellowship at Howard University ($15,000.00)
  • Served six years on the South Carolina Humanities Council
  • Recipient of five UNCF/Lilly Foundation Fellowships to pursue the Doctor of Philosophy degree

Recent Publications

The Role of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Shaping the Lives of Women and Men in Selected Novels and Memoirs by African American Female Writers – Co-authored by Ms. Linda R. Hill. Journal of Intercultural Disciplines, Vol. XV. Hanser, Robert D., Ed. Published by the National Association of African American Studies. Spring 2016.

Recent Presentations

She co-wrote and co-presented with Ms. Linda R. Hill, Assistant Professor of English, Claflin University, with whom she frequently collaborates, “The Role of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Shaping the Lives of Women and Men in Selected Novels and Memoirs by African and African American Female Writers” at the 75th CLA (College Language Association) Convention in Dallas, Texas, in April 2015; they co-wrote and co-presented "Studying the Works of Julia Peterkin," at the Fourteenth Claflin University Conference on Contemporary English and Literature Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions in October 2015.

​Dr. Peggy Stevenson Ratliff
Professor of English
Contact
Trustee Hall #3
803-535-5468