Bernadette Pruitt



Associate Professor of History




B.A., M.A., Texas Southern University
 Ph.D., University of Houston

Areas of Specialization
*African-American History since 1865
*Internal Migration
*Race Relations and Ethnicity
 *African-American Studies


Detroit, Michigan, native Bernadette Pruitt has been a member of the history department since 1996.    The first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in history at the University of Houston, she earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Texas Southern University, a HBCU in Houston, Texas. Her upcoming book “For the Advancement of the Race”: African-American African American Agency, Work, and the Great Migrations to Houston, Texas, 1900-1941, examines Black internal migration and community building in what ultimately became the fourth largest city in the United States.  Dr. Pruitt’s work is one of the first scholarly attempts to address the Great Black Migrations in Texas.  Professor Pruitt is a past recipient of several fellowships and awards, including the University of Illinois at Chicago African American Studies Department postdoctoral fellowship, Huggins-Quarles Award with the Organization of American Historians, and Mary M. Hughes Award with the Texas State Historical Association. Her current research and teaching endeavors include Black civil-rights, internal migrations and community agency among Houston African Americans during the first half of the century.

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