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Ann Arbor
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Research Interests
Property; Local Government Law; Legal History; Rural Law; Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Race and the Law
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On the academic market
University of Michigan
About Me
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. My primary fields of interest are in social and legal history and include the study of property, place, local governance, gender and sexuality, and race. My current book project is transforming my dissertation, “Cows, Cars, and Criminals: The Legal Landscape of the Rural Midwest, 1920-1975,” into a monograph. I argue that the legal remaking of rural communities was a central feature of twentieth-century America. The project utilizes case studies to examine critical topics that historians and legal scholars have framed as quintessentially urban issues—land use and zoning, policing and prosecution, education equality, labor and economic opportunity, local community organizing and advocacy, and infrastructure and mobility—and reveals their manifestations in rural geographies, economies, and social norms. The result is a new legal history that tells not a story of rural decline but a story of the rural Midwest in a constant process of transformation along lines of class, race, and gender. Learn more about my work at In addition to my academic research, I have worked on the founding teams of both Women Also Know Law and Women Also Know History. #WomenAlsoKnowLaw and #WomenAlsoKnowHistory work to promote and support the work of women experts in their respective fields by offering a concrete way to address explicit and implicit gender bias in public and professional perceptions of expertise. In the past, I have served as an associate blogger for the Legal History Blog, and I continue to tweet @EmilyAPrifogle. I received my BA in history and art history from Indiana University, a MSc in comparative social policy from Oxford, a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in history at Princeton University. I also clerked for Judge David Hamilton on the Seventh Circuit. My interdisciplinary background continues to inform my scholarship and interest in public history, as well as other research that is focused on recovering marginalized voices within twentieth century social movements.

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