Eastern Michigan University
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Mary-Elizabeth Murphy

Assistant Professor of History

701-H Pray Harrold




Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2012.

A.B., Mount Holyoke College, 2004.

Interests and Expertise

Mary-Elizabeth Murphy specializes in U.S. History, Women’s Studies, and African American History.  Her dissertation, “African American Women’s Politics, Organizing, and Activism in Washington, D.C., 1920-1930” examined the ways that black women banded together to wage an early civil rights movement in the nation’s capital, addressing issues within their neighborhoods, across the city at large, and throughout the country.  Prior to her appointment at Eastern Michigan, Murphy served as an Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University between 2011 and 2013.  She is currently revising her dissertation for publication.


The History & Philosophy Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 701 Pray Harrold, 734.487.1018