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Roots of Contemporary Issues RCI

Clif Stratton


  • Associate Professor (Career Track)
  • Director, University Common Requirements (UCORE)

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., History, Georgia State University, 2010
  • M.A., History, Auburn University, 2005
  • B.A., History & Political Science, Presbyterian College, 2003
  • Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications


Roots of Contemporary Issues

My version of History 105 centrally focuses on the ways in which unequal relations of power have shaped our modern world, particularly during the last two hundred years of colonial and neo-colonial rule. The course engages that history by focusing on the following case studies:

  • Colonialism
  • Carbon Energy
  • Racism
  • Refugees

Learn more about the course here and more about the Roots of Contemporary Issues book series here.

Other Courses Taught

  • History 235 – African American History
  • History 300 – Writing About History
  • History 305 – The Roots of Contemporary Issues (for transfer students)
  • History 314 – Immigration, Migration, and Ethnic Identity
  • History 395 – United States Empire
  • History 417 – The Rise of Modern America
  • History 418 – United States History, 1914-1945
  • Honors 270 – Sports and Politics in American Society and History
  • Honors 280 – Race and Resistance in African American History


I joined Washington State University in 2010 after completing a Ph.D. in History at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where I was born and raised. In both my teaching and research, I am centrally interested in how race and racism have shaped the world we inhabit, including how it intersects with things ranging from education, environmental change, global politics, and popular culture.

My latest project is Race and the Atlanta Braves from Summerhill to Cobb County, which will offer a historical analysis of the consequences of the arrival and departure of the Braves baseball franchise to and from its downtown Atlanta site from the late Civil Rights era to the present. Read a recent publication from this broader project at Atlanta Studies.

When I’m not on campus working with colleagues and students, I can be found spinning all kinds of musical genres on vinyl; reading nonfiction (I’m slowly coming around to fiction); hitting the road with my family for skiing, camping, hiking, paddle boarding, and other outdoor romps; or fastidiously – and sometimes insufferably – following the Atlanta Braves.

Last Five Books Read

  • Mike Davis, Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb
  • David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Cathy O’Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction
  • Michael Lewis, The Premonition: A Pandemic Story
  • Michael Lewis, The Fifth Risk