• Vaughn Rasberry is an American associate professor and author
• He is best known for his book entitled “Race and the Totalitarian Century”
• He attended Harvard University and the University of Chicago, earning his PhD in 2009
• He is married to American actress and musician Tatyana Ali
• His net worth is estimated to be around $1 million


Who is Vaughn Rasberry?

Vaughn Rasberry is an American associate professor as well as an author, who is best known for his book entitled “Race and the Totalitarian Century”, However, he is also widely recognized as the spouse of American actress and musician Tatyana Ali, most famous for portraying the recurring character of Ashley Banks in the popular NBC sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.

Early Life and Education

Vaughn was born under the zodiac sign of Leo on the 16th August 1978, in California, USA, and is of American nationality and white ethnicity.

He attended the prestigious Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from which he graduated in 2000, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. He then continued his education at the University of Chicago, from which he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Humanities in 2001, while in 2009 Rasberry was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).


Upon graduation in 2000, Rasberry began his professional career as an Assistant Professor at Stanford University, for which he was rewarded with its Annenberg Faculty Fellowship.

In 2008, he lectured at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, serving within its Department of American Studies, after which he held a series of discourses about African American literature. In 2011 Vaughn wrote for the University of Michigan Press’ “James Baldwin: America and Beyond” collection of essays, while in 2012 he produced a paper entitled “Black Cultural Politics”, published in the American Literary History journal.

To greater prominence Vaughn came in 2016, when he published his first book, fully named “Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination“.

Tatyana Ali and Vaughn Rasberry

He put forward his ‘strikingly different’ opinion and background on black American writers and their manipulation of the geopolitical rhetoric, covering major 20th century geopolitical events such as World War II, the Cold War as well as the Suez Canal Crisis, among others. The book received a warm welcome, positive reviews from critics, including from Bill V. Mullen of Purdue University as ‘one of the most important books in Diaspora Studies in a generation’ as well as for ‘highly sophisticated thinking about race’.

However, into the limelight Vaughn Rasberry came in October of the following year, when he was honored with The 38th Annual American Book Award. After seven years at Stanford, in 2017 he was appointed as an Associate Professor.

Marriage with Tatyana Ali

Vaughn and Tatyana first met in 2014 through an online dating web service – eHarmony. After a couple of months of writing letters and Skyping, they began dating. Over the years their relationship only grew stronger, and in March 2016 they took it to a higher level and announced their engagement.

Their intimate wedding ceremony was held on the 17th July 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Soon after exchanging vows, the couple welcomed their first child – a son named Edward Aszard Rasberry who was born on the 16th September 2016. In 2019, they were blessed with another son they named Alejandro Vaughn Rasberry, born on the 15th August.

Vaughn is standing 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall and weighing around 165lbs (75kgs).

Tatyana Ali

Tatyana Marisol Ali was born on the 24th January 1979, in Long Island, New York, the eldest of three daughters of nurse Sonia, and police officer Sheriff Ali. She is of American nationality and African American ethnicity, plus Afro-Panamian through her mother, and of Indian-Trinidadian on her father’s side. She began acting at the very early age of six, when in 1985 she started appearing in “Sesame Street”. Her career was set on the rising path in 1990, when she was cast for the role of Ashley Banks in the Golden Globes-nominated TV series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, which continued ’til 1996, through the show’s entire run of 148 episodes.

Ali is also a singer, and in 1998 released her debut studio album entitled “Kiss The Sky”, including the hit single “Daydreamin'” that peaked at No. 6 of the US Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The album was later rated gold by the  Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), spawning two more hit singles – “Everytime” and “Boy You Knock Me Out”.

After graduating from Harvard University in 2002, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree and majoring in African-American Studies and Government, Tatyana dedicated her self to acting full time.

Since then, she has made a streak of memorable on-camera appearances, such as in TV series “Buppies”, “Second Generation Wayans” and “The Young and the Restless”, for which she was honored with four National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Image Awards for the Outstanding Actress. Some of her most notable big screen appearances include “Nora’s Hair Salon” (2004), “Dear Secret Santa” (2013) and “Jingle Belle” (2018).

Net Worth

Vaughn Rasberry’s net worth, as of late 2019, revolves around $1 million, with a reputed annual salary of $135,000. It has all been acquired through his academic accomplishments, including his lecturer’s career, which is abundant with accolades.

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