Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy



PhD History, Mississippi State University (expected Spring 2018)

M.A. History, Mississippi State University

B.A. History, with a minor in secondary education, University of Florida

Academic Career

Graduate Assistant/Discussion Leader/Instructor of Record: August 2013-present
Graduate Assistant/Discussion Leader: Early and Modern United States History, Modern Western World History, and Mississippi History, Mississippi State University
Instructor of Record: Modern United States History Summer 2016, Modern United States History Spring 2017, Early United States History Summer 2017, World History Before 1500 Fall 2017

Research Interests

  • Modern United States History
  • History of Medicine
  • South History
  • Public History



Robert H. Gillette, The Virginia Plan: William B. Thalhimer & A Rescue From Nazi Germany, Reviewed by Michael Murphy, Southern Jewish History, Vol. XV, Number 1 (Fall 2012)

George Derek Musgrove, Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America, Reviewed by Michael Murphy, Alabama Review

“Diverging Paths: Strom Thurmond and Henry Wallace’s 1948 Presidential Campaigns and their Influence on Postwar Politics.” Joseph Crespino, Strom Thurmond’s America and Thomas W. Devine, Henry Wallace’s 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism, Reviewed by Michael Murphy, Essays in History. 

’A Shaky Truce’: Starkville Civil Rights, 1960-1980 http://starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu/wordpress/


“Elephants Amongst the Magnolias: The Establishment of the Modern Mississippi Republican Party in the Post-War Era”-2012 Mid-American History Conference, Springfield Missouri

“Collapsing into Chaos: The Mississippi State Hospital in the Post-War Period, 1946-1955”-2014 Southern Regional Conference for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Atlanta Georgia

“Boogieing Down from the Bronx: The Dissemination of Hip-Hop Music and Culture Throughout New York City in the Wake of the Blackout of 1977”-2015 Society for the History of Technology Conference, Albuquerque New Mexico

“Pellagra in the Mississippi State Asylum: An Examination of Differential Survivorship”-2016 American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.

“Consumed by Death: Pellagra’s Impact on the Mississippi State Insane Hospital During the State’s Extended Economic Depression”-2016 Southern Regional Conference for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Auburn, Alabama

Insanity and "Appendectomies": The Employment of State Hospital Institutionalization and Compulsory Sterilization during the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Honors & Awards

James W. Garner Scholarship, Mississippi State University, 2013-present

Travel Assistance Grant, Office of the Graduate School, Mississippi State University, Fall 2015

Travel Assistance Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, Mississippi State University, Fall 2015

Mississippi Historical Society Oral History Award, ‘A Shaky Truce’-Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980, Spring 2016

MSU Student Diversity Award, The President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities, ‘A Shaky Truce’-Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980, Spring 2016


Research Experience

• United States Senator Bill Nelson's Tampa Office, Assistant/Researcher/ Organizer/Note Taker, Summer 2007
• Researcher, Mississippi State Asylum Cemetery Project, Spring 2013-present
• Independent Researcher for Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times, Winter 2013
• Project Researcher and Founding Member, ‘A Shaky Truce’: Starkville Civil Rights, 1960-1980, Mississippi, Spring 2014-present
• Workshop Presenter, Global Academic Essentials Teacher Institute, June 2014-present

Professional Associations

  • Southern Historical Association
  • American Association for the History of Medicine
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Phi Alpha Theta

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