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Colleen Murphy

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



Colleen Murphy is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy & Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also serves as Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in the Illinois Global Institute. 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 member of the Editorial Board of Law and Philosophy and Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure.  Professor Murphy is a past member of the American Philosophical Association’s (APA) Committee on the Status of Women and 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

Roger & Stephany Joslin Professor, College of Law
Professor, College of Law
Professor, Philosophy
Professor, Political Science
Director, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
Professor, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
Professor, European Union Center
Professor, Center for African Studies

Recent Publications

Lykes, M. B., & Murphy, C. (2023). Decolonizing Transitional Justice: Soft, Radical or Beyond Reform. The International Journal of Transitional Justice, 17(3), 361-369.

Murphy, C. (2023). Accountability for Violations of the Laws of Armed Conflict: Domestic First, International Second. Mind, 132(528), 952-958. Article fzad024.

Murphy, C. (2023). Minimum Moral Thresholds at War's End. In G. Parsons, & M. A. Wilson (Eds.), How to End a War: Essays on Justice, Peace, and Repair (pp. 92-110). Cambridge University Press.

Murphy, C., & Zvobgo, K. (2023). Transitional justice for historical injustice. In C. Lawther, & L. Moffett (Eds.), Research Handbook on Transitional Justice (2 ed., pp. 421-435). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Boakye, J., Guidotti, R., Gardoni, P., & Murphy, C. (2022). The role of transportation infrastructure on the impact of natural hazards on communities. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 219, Article 108184.

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