Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
|Office Hours: Tuesday 10:30-11:30, Thursday 2:00-3:00 and by appointment
Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. history and race. She earned her BA from Tufts University, her MA from Cornell University and her PhD in US History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During the academic year of 2008-2009, she was a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCLA School of Law where she examined legal definitions of African American and gendered citizenship prior to the Civil War. Pryor's specific research and teaching interests include an examination of United States citizenship from the early national period through the passage of the 15th Amendment. Other teaching and research interests include resistance, dis/ability, gender, historical memory, enslavement, Black activism, the birth of Jim Crow segregation and the pedagogies of teaching the n-word. Pryor's book, "Colored Travelers: Race, Mobility and Citizenship Before the Civil War" is forthcoming and will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016. The book is a social history of segregation on public transportation and the radical Black activists who fought against it. She argues that public vehicles emerged as the frontlines for the battle over equal rights in the nineteenth century.