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Fall 2015

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Office Hours: Tuesday 10am to 3pm or by appointment

Kevin P Murphy

Department of History 1047 HellerH 271 19th Ave S


  • history of sexuality
  • public history
  • comparative history of women and gender
  • United States history
  • cultural and intellectual history
  • urban history

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: United States History, New York University, 2001.
  • M.A.: United States History, 1997.
  • B.S.: International Affairs, Georgetown University, 1985.


  • Sexuality and the Cities: Interdisciplinarity and Queer Public History: Murphy, Kevin, Jennifer Pierce, Alex Urquhart, Oxford University Press, Oxford Handbook on Public History, forthcoming, 2015.
  • Co-editor with Daniel Marshall and Zeb Tortorici. “Queering Archives: Historical Unravelings,” Radical History Review 120 (Fall 2014).
  • Historicizing Gender and Sexuality. Murphy, Kevin, Jennifer Spear, Wiley-Blackwell, Co-Editor, 2011.
  • "Homosexuality": Murphy, Kevin, Princeton University Press, Princeton Encyclopedia of US History, 2011.
  • “Gay Was Good: Progress, Homonormativity, and Oral History,” chapter in Twin Cities GLBT History Project, Eds, Queer Twin Cities (University of Minnesota Press, 2010).
  • Queer Twin Cities. Murphy, Kevin, University of Minnesota Press, Co-Editor, 2010.
  • Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, and the Politics of Progressive Era Reform. Murphy, Kevin, Columbia University Press, Author, 2008.
  • Co-editor, with Jason Ruiz and David Serlin. Winter 2008. “Queer Futures: The Homonormativity Issue,” a special issue of Radical History Review 100.
  • Murphy, Kevin P.. ""Citizens Made and Remade: Sexual Scandal, Manhood, and Self-Government Reform in the Progressive-era United States"." Representing Masculinity: Male Citizenship in Modern Western Culture (2007)
  • Murphy, Kevin P.. Socrates in the Slums: Homoerotics, Gender, and Settlement House Reform. , 1998.

Research Activities

  • Queer Public History: A Genealogy
  • Celibate Perversions: Catholic Priests and the History of Sexuality in the United States

Professional Activities

  • Steering Committee, Humanities Action Lab: 2014 - present
  • Guantanamo Public Memory Project: 2012 - present
  • Program Committee, Organization of American Historians: 2014 - 2015
  • Editorial Collective Co-Chair: Radical History Review , 2006 - 2013
  • Radical History Review Editorial Collective: 1996 - present
  • Gender and History Editorial Collective: 2010 - present
  • Committee on LGBT History


  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education, 2013
  • Lambda Literary Award Finalist (LGBT Studies Category) for Political Manhood, 2009
  • Social Science Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Sexuality Research for "Transatlantic Sex", 2005 - 2006
  • Andrew P. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, 2001 - 2002
  • Allan Nevins Prize, Best Written Dissertation in U.S. History, awarded by Society of American Historians, 2002
  • New York University, Dean's Dissertation Prize: Best Dissertation in the Humanities, 2001

Courses Taught

  • HSem 3060H - Politics of Manhood in U.S. History
  • Hist 3001/AmSt 3003 - Public History
  • Hist 5910 Gender, Sexuality, and Political Economy
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