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About Me

Bio and CV


  • Colleen Murphy is a Professor in the College of Law and the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in International Programs and Studies, and Affiliate Faculty of the Beckman Institute. Prior to joining the Illinois faculty, Dr. Murphy was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. During 2010-2011, she was a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Professor Murphy holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Moral Philosophy, a member of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women (2014 - 2017) and a member of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Philosophy and Law (2017 - 2020).

    Professor Murphy’s research interests are in the areas of jurisprudence, political philosophy, and risk ethics. She is the author of The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press) and A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press). Professor Murphy is co-editor of Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World (Springer), Risk Analysis of Natural Hazards (Springer), and Climate Change and Its Impacts: Risks and Inequalities (Springer). Her research has received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Qatar National Research Fund.


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