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Women and Gender Studies
Area of Specialization

Dr. Murphy has subject matter expertise in the history of U.S. art and popular visual culture, men's/masculinity studies, and LGBTQIA+/sexuality studies (especially in U.S. history).

Office Location
UHB 3038
Phone Number

Michael J. Murphy is Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies. He holds a BA in Art and Art History from the University of Iowa and an MA and PhD in Art History and Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis. H has taught at UIS since fall 2009.


In addition to numerous encyclopedia articles, journal articles, and book reviews, Dr. Murphy co-edited the book Activities for Teaching Gender and Sexuality in the University Classroom (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) with UIS Communication professor Elizabeth Ribarksy. Dr. Murphy also edited and contributed chapters to the first college textbook to support Intro to LGBTQIA+ Studies courses: Living Out Loud: An Introduction to LGBTQ History, Society, and Culture (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2019). He is currently at work on a book about the personal and professional relationships of American Illustrator J. C. Leyendecker.


Areas of teaching interest

Women's and Gender Studies

Critical Men's and Masculinity Studies

LGBTQIA+ Studies

U.S. art history/popular visual culture

Courses taught

WGS301: ECCE: Intro to Women and Gender Studies

WGS 338: Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture

WGS 322: ECCE: LGBTQIA+ People in the U.S.

WGS 457: Masculinities