Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
|Office Hours: Thursday 3:00-4:45 p.m. 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, and later, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. She also looks at the multiple ways in which race is employed as a tool of oppression during the age of the Civil War. Moreover, her courses explore slavery and resistance across the African Diaspora. Pryor is currently revising her book manuscript for review. Entitled “Navigating Freedom: Race, Travel and Citizenship Before the Civil War” the book is a social history of segregation on public transportation. She argues that public vehicles emerged as the frontlines for the battle over civil rights in the nineteenth century.