Emily Alise Prifogle
Fields of Study: 20th Century American Legal History, Social Movements
Advisor: Hendrik Hartog
Emily Prifogle uses a legal and policy background to inform her historical research on twentieth century American social movements. Broadly, she is interested in tactics used by social movements to create legal change, and in turn, how law and legal institutions have shaped available tactics. Through the lens of local level studies, Emily is particularly concerned with which groups and organizations within social movements have chosen legal tactics, the consequences of choosing legal strategies, as well as general substantive legal and social outcomes of social movement activity. Questions of class, race, and gender are central to her evaluation of these themes as she focuses on uncovering marginalized voices within the movements.
Emily holds a B.A. from Indiana University in History and Art History. Before starting her Ph.D. at Princeton, she completed a M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University and a J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Her law review note concerns the obscured civil rights activism behind the landmark constitutional decision, Chambers v. Mississippi (101 California Law Review (forthcoming 2013)).