​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.


Dr. Peggy Stevenson Ratliff received her Ph.D. degree in Comparative Caribbean, American and African American Women's Literature from Howard University in Washington, D C. She received both her graduate and undergraduate degrees in English Education from SC State University. During the summer of 2008, she completed a Summer Certificate Program in Leadership and Management from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Claflin University has employed Dr. Ratliff for over 35 years. She has served in the capacity of faculty, Department Chairs, and was Dean for over 20 years. She is a member of numerous committees and professional organizations. Dr. Ratliff is currently a Professor of English in the Department of English and serves as Interim Chair. Until September 2022, she coordinated Faculty Development at Claflin University.

Additionally, for six years, she served on the Board of the South Carolina Humanities Council and the SC Governor's Board of Authors.  She has served as a Scholar for the South Carolina Humanities Council Book Club.  In the summer of 2021, she served on the writing team of the South Carolina State Department of Education for writing standards for the state of South Carolina. Dr. Ratliff is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Orangeburg Area Links, and Good Hope AME Church-Cope. Under her leadership, as former Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School received the SC Humanities Council Governor's Award in 2009 for Excellence in the Humanities. Her honors and awards include the James S. Hunter Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her students have several times nominated Dr. Ratliff for Who's Who Among American Teachers. She has co-authored several significant grants, one of which she was allowed to travel to India with colleagues to help bring more awareness to HIV AIDS. Dr. Ratliff also was the recipient of several small grants.

Earlier in her career at Claflin, she received several fellowships from the UNCF and Mellon Foundations totaling nearly $70,000.00, which paid her tuition to receive the Ph.D. degree. Dr. Ratliff is the author and co-author of several articles, essays, and book chapters with her late husband, Dr. Roosevelt Ratliff, Jr. She is also an assistant editor of the International Journal, The Short Story. In 2020, she and Dr. Mary Alice Trent edited a book entitled Facilitating the Transformation of the 21stCenturyTheir latest book project is the Humanities and Beyond to Prepare Student Leaders for a Diverse Workplace. This anthology is slated to bepublished in early 2023.


  • 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.

Peggy Stevenson Ratliff
​Dr. Peggy Stevenson Ratliff
Professor of English
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