Colleen Murphy

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College of Law
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
M/C 594
Champaign, IL 61820


Colleen Murphy is a Professor in the College of Law with courtesy appointments in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. Prior to joining the Illinois faculty, she was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. Dr. Murphy has been a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values and a Visiting Professor at the 4.TU Centre for Ethics in the Netherlands. She is the author of The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which received the North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award; A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press, 2010); as well as more than 50 articles and book chapters. She has also co-edited three volumes. Dr. Murphy is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethics and Social PhilosophyJournal of Human Development and CapabilitiesJournal of Moral Philosophy, and Science and Engineering Ethics.  She is a past member of the American Philosophical Association’s (APA) Committee on the Status of Women and current member of the APA Committee on Philosophy and Law. Professor Murphy holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. 

Research Interests

Jurisprudence, Transitional Justice, Political Philosophy, Risk ethics, Engineering Ethics

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, College of Law
Director, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor, Political Science
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Recent Publications

Boakye, Jessica, Paolo Gardoni, and Colleen Murphy. "Using opportunities in big data analytics to more accurately predict societal consequences of natural disasters.". Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems. 2019, 36(1). 100-114.

Murphy, Colleen "Deliberative Democracy and Agency: Linking Transitional Justice and Development". and Keleher, Lori Kosko, Stacy (ed.). Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics. Cambridge University Press. 2019.

Tabandeh, Armin et al. "Societal Risk and Resilience Analysis: Dynamic Bayesian Network Formulation of a Capability Approach". ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering. 2019. 5(1).

Wang, Yi et al. "Predicting fatality rates due to earthquakes accounting for community vulnerability". Earthquake Spectra. 2019, 35(2). 513-536.

Wexler, Lesley M, Jennifer Kirkpatrick Robbennolt, and Colleen Murphy. "#MeToo, Time's Up, and Theories of Justice". University of Illinois Law Review. 2019, 2019(1). 45-111.

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