Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

University of Mississippi

Elizabeth A. Payne


Office hours: Tuesday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Bishop Hall 320
(662) 915-7629  |

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Teaching and Research Interests
American Progressivism, Women, Religion

Professor Payne is the author of Reform, Labor, and Feminism: Margaret Drier Robbins and the Women’s Trade Union League (University of Illinois Press, 1988), which explores how, in the early 20th century, working women and wealthy and middle-class allies joined together in the Women’s Trade Union League to unionize women workers, bring their problems to public attention, and secure protective legislation. She is also a co-editor of Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Volume 1 (University of Georgia Press, 2003) and Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Volume 2 (University of Georgia Press, 2010). Volume 1 of Mississippi Women enriched our understanding of women’s roles in the state’s history through profiles of notable, though often neglected, individuals. Volume 2 explores the historical forces that have shaped women’s lives in Mississippi.

Additionally, Professor Payne has worked on a variety of oral history projects about women in North Mississippi which include:

An oral history project that interviewed women in North Mississippi, mostly in Union County, to learn about their lives and experiences growing up in the region.

A documentary film on the women of North Mississippi.