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Shelby Pumphrey Post Doctoral Fellow in History

Shelby Pumphrey is an Africana Studies historian of twentieth century African American history with a focus on questions of gender, respectability and disability. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she earned a BA in Pan-African Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies and English (2012) from the University of Louisville, where she later earned her MA in Pan-African Studies (2014). In 2020, she earned a dual PhD in African American and African Studies (AAAS) and History from Michigan State University. Her primary research interests include institutional mental healthcare for African Americans, social constructions of African American mental illness and wellness from within and outside of African American communities.

  • At Vassar since 2020

Contact

  • Office: Swift Hall
  • Hours: Please Email for Zoom Appointment, spumphrey@vassar.edu
  • Box: 271

Departments and Programs

Shelby Pumphrey is a historian of twentieth century African American history with a focus on questions of gender, respectability and disability. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she earned a BA in Pan-African Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies and English (2012) from the University of Louisville, where she later earned her MA in Pan-African Studies (2014). In 2020, she earned a dual PhD in African American and African Studies (AAAS) and History from Michigan State University. Her primary research interests include institutional mental healthcare for African Americans, social constructions of African American mental illness and wellness from within and outside of African American communities.

She teaches courses in African American history and African American women’s history, including her Fall 2020 course “Gender & African American History: The History of Reproductive Justice, from Gynecological Resistance to SisterSong.” In Spring 2020, she will be teaching an introductory course in African American history and an upper level course focused on emerging scholarship in African American women’s history. She has published book reviews in the Journal of African American History and the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. She is an active member of the following professional organizations: Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH), Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), National Council for Black Studies (NCBS).