Mackenzie Tor

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Ph.D. Candidate
Jeffrey L. Pasley
Research Area
United States

M.A., University of Missouri (2020)

B.A., Providence College (2017)

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, I am interested in Black intellectual history, political culture, and social reforms in the long nineteenth century. More specifically, my dissertation focuses on the roles of race and racism in the American temperance and prohibition movements. I investigate how attitudes toward alcohol interacted with and shaped ideas about race as different reformers—white and Black—used these outlooks to advocate for their respective goals in the temperance movement as well as in the wider sphere of race relations. 

Recent Publications

Review of Megan L. Bever’s At War with King Alcohol: Debating Drinking and Masculinity in the Civil War in American Nineteenth Century History 24, no. 1 (2023): 108-109


Scholarly Programming Fellow, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, 2021-2024

Graduate Assistantship, Kinder Institute MA in Atlantic History & Politics Summer Study Abroad Program, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, 2022 & 2023

Frank and Louise Stephens History Scholarship, Department of History, University of Missouri, 2023

Summer Travel Grant, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, 2023

M.A. Fellow in Political History, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, 2019-2020

Additional Information

In addition to personal research, I enjoy collaborating on scholarly, public-oriented endeavors. I have edited entries for the The Haskell Monroe Collection: Life in the Confederacy (spearheaded by MU Ph.D. Candidate Brendon Floyd) and am currently assisting Prof. Merve Fejzula with a project documenting the career and activism of Younousse Seye, Senegal’s first female contemporary artist.