More About: Michael J. Murphy, PhD

Michael Murphy received his Master’s and Doctorate in the history of American art and visual culture (with a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies) from Washington University in St. Louis.  He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Iowa. His research and teaching interests include feminist approaches to visual and popular culture; critical men’s and masculinity studies; GLBTQ Studies/Queer theory; and rape and sexual assault prevention programs. He teaches a range of course in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies–reflecting both his interests and the needs of the WGS Department and its students.

Currently (summer 2012) he is finishing a co-edited collection of teaching activities with Elizabeth Ribarsky (Communication, UIS). He is also at work on a book manuscript based on his dissertation titled “White Collared: Fashioning Masculinity in American Culture” for publication in the Costume Society of America book series at Texas Tech University Press (forthcoming 2014). He is also at work on a collection of essays, co-edited with John Landreau (WOmen and Gender Studies, The College of New Jersey) on the topic of masculinities in academic women’s studies curricula and departments.


  • WGS 201: Human Sexualities (annually; online/onground)
  • WGS 301: ECCE Intro to Women & Gender Studies(annually; counts for WGS intro req.)
  • WGS 322: Gay and Lesbian Studies (annually)
  • WGS 338: ECCE: Sex, Gender and Popular Culture (annually; online/on ground)
  • WGS 418: Queer Theory (biennially)
  • WGS 457: Masculinities (biennially)
  • WGS 457: History of Sexuality in America (biennially)
  • CAP 123: ECCE Misremembering the Sixties
  • CAP 250: ECCE Global Genders/Transnational Sexualities (annually; counts for WGS elective)
  • CAP 402: Senior Seminar (irregularly)

Recent publications:

  • “Grooming Masculinity: AXE ‘Cleans Your Balls,’ Yes. But What Else Does it Do?” in Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power, 2nd ed., Shira Tarrant, ed. (NY: Routledge, 2012).
  • ‘”You’ll Never Be More of a Man’: Gay Male Masculinities in Academic Women’s Studies,” Men & Masculinities 14, no. 2 (June 2011): 173-89.
  • Special issue of Men & Masculinities “Masculinities in Women’s Studies,” co-edited with John Landreau (The College of New Jersey), June 2011.
  • “Can ‘Men’ Stop Rape? Visualizing Gender in the “My Strength is Not for Hurting” Rape Prevention Campaign,” for Sexing the Look, edited by Kathy Gentile (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011).
  • “An Open Letter to the Organizers, Presenters and Attendees of the First National Conference for Campus Based Men’s Gender Equality and Anti-Violence Groups (St. John’s University, 6-7 November 2009),” Journal of Men’s Studies 18, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 103-08.
  • “Can ‘Men’ Stop Rape? Visualizing Gender in the ‘My Strength is Not for Hurting’ Rape Prevention Campaign,” Men & Masculinities 12, no.1 (Oct. 2009): 113-130.
  • Review of Shira Tarrant, ed., Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power (New York: Routledge, 2008) in Men & Masculinities (2008).
  • “Orthopedic Manhood: Detachable Shirt Collars and the Reconstruction of the White Male Body in America, ca. 1880–1910,” Dress: Annual Journal of the Costume Society of America 32 (2005): 75-95.
  • Review of Jane Farrell-Beck and Colleen Gau, Uplift: The Bra in America and Valerie Steele, The Corset: A Cultural History in Winterthur Portfolio 38, no. 2/3 (autumn 2003): 151-59.

Entries in:

  • Encyclopedia of American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History and Culture (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004).
  • “A Double Vision: Stereoscopy, Urban Modernity, and Childe Hassam’s Rainy Day, Boston,” Libermann Fellowship Online Lecture (2002),
  • Reader’s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999).
  • Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History (London: Routledge, 1999).
  • Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (New York: Garland, 1999).
  • The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (Farmington Hills, MI: St. James, 1999).