Mary-Elizabeth Murphy is an Associate Professor of History and Department Member in Women’s & Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University. She joined the department in 2013, having previously taught for two years at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her research specialties include African American History, U.S. Women’s History, and U.S. Social and Political History. Her first book, Jim Crow Capital: Women and Black Freedom Struggles in Washington, D.C., 1920-1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), examined the ways that working-class and middle-class black women in the nation’s capital waged an early civil rights movement focused on economic justice, legal equality, and safety from violence. Her current book project is a social history of interstate buses and racial politics, examining the hundreds of African Americans who rode buses in the era of the Great Migration and contested the color line through everyday resistance, newspaper exposes, and lawsuits before the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Morgan v. Virginia. Murphy teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses at Eastern Michigan University in U.S. Women’s History, the history of Sexuality, and research methods and methodologies.
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