Dr. Elizabeth GritterDr. Elizabeth Gritter

Assistant Professor

E-mail: elizabeth.gritter@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 494-8748
Office Location and Mailing Address: Peck Hall, Room 267
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

FIELDS:  U.S. History, Civil Rights Movement History, Oral History, African American History

BIOGRAPHY: Elizabeth Gritter is a historian of the United States who is currently completing a book manuscript on formal black political mobilization in Memphis, Tennessee, in the Jim Crow era; it looks at the civil rights efforts of Robert R. Church, Jr., and other key figures. Dr. Gritter has presented her research at a number of conferences, including the Organization of American Historians Meeting in New York City, American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch meeting in Honolulu, and Little Rock School Desegregation Crisis 50th Anniversary International Conference in Little Rock. She also has published articles on her work both in scholarly formats and as op ed pieces in The Tennessean. As a research associate for the Civil Rights History Project of the Library of Congress, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and American Folklore Society, she helped complete a nationwide survey of oral history collections related to the civil rights movement; check out the findings at: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/civilrights/. Dr. Gritter is a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Southern Historical Association, and Southern Association for Women Historians.


  • History 2010, Survey of United States History I
  • History 2020, Survey of United States History II


Gritter, Elizabeth. "'Women Did Everything Except Run': Black Women's Participation in the 1959 Volunteer Ticket Campaign in Memphis, Tennessee," in Entering the Fray: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the New South, edited by Jonathan D. Wells and Sheila R. Phipps (University of Missouri Press, 2010), p. 136-160.

Gritter, Elizabeth, "Memories of H. T. Lockard," Southern Cultures 14 (Fall 2008), p. 106-116.

Gritter, Elizabeth. "Interview with Julian Bond" in Southern Cultures 12 (Spring 2006), p. 76-91.


2010-2011, Visiting Scholar, History Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2007, Kennedy Research Grant, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

2000, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Truman Foundation, Washington DC


River of Hope: Black Politics and the Long Freedom Movement in Memphis (under contract, University Press of Kentucky)


Ph.D.,  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
M.A.,    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
B.A.,    American University, Washington DC, 2000

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