Participant Info

First Name
Emily
Last Name
Prifogle
Affiliation
Princeton University, Ph.D. Candidate
Website URL
www.emilyprifogle.com
Keywords
Law & Legal History, Rural Communities, Midwest, Gender & Sexuality, Lawyers, Schools, Local Governance, Rural Zoning
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About Me

I am a legal historian and Ph.D. candidate in history at Princeton University. I study twentieth-century rural communities in the Midwest and their experience with the law.

My research has been supported by the American Society for Legal History & William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia.

I hold a B.A. in history and art history from Indiana University, a M.Sc. in comparative social policy from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. My interdisciplinary background continues to inform my scholarship and interest in public history.

Recent Publications

My dissertation, “Cows, Cars, and Criminals: Rural Communities, Law, and Nation in the Twentieth Century,” applies the methods of urban history to investigate rural communities as unique social and legal spaces. Using a series of case studies from several Midwestern states, including Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, the dissertation argues that while national legal and political culture shifted away from rural communities in the twentieth century, rural Americans continued to express rural-based values and social norms through their use, manipulation, resistance, and understanding of the law, making the process of legally constituting the rural a central feature of twentieth-century America.

My other work has focused on recovering marginalized voices within twentieth-century social movements, including the civil rights and women’s rights movements. I am currently working on an article that uses the Supreme Court decision Muller v. Oregon (1908) to discuss the entanglement of race and women’s rights in early twentieth-century labor litigation. My law review note concerns the hidden civil rights activism behind the landmark constitutional decision, Chambers v. Mississippi (101 Calif. L. Rev. 445 (2013)).

I have also written book reviews and contributed to the Legal History Blog and the American Yawp online American history textbook.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Law, Local & Regional, Pedagogy, Public History, Race, Rural & Agrarian History, Sexuality, Urban History, Women