Kevin P Murphy

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

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


  • history of sexuality
  • heritage studies and public history
  • comparative history of women and gender
  • United States history
  • cultural and intellectual history
  • urban history
Courses Taught
  • HSPH8001 Who Owns the Past?
  • Hist 3001/AmSt 3003 - Public History
  • Hist 5910 Gender, Sexuality, and Political Economy
  • HIST8910 Public Memory and Mass Incarceration
  • HSem 3060H - Politics of Manhood in U.S. History
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • President's Book Prize Committee: Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era , 2022
  • Editorial Board: Reviews in American History , 2019 - present
  • Mary C. Turpie Prize Committee: American Studies Association , 2018 - 2220
  • Editorial Board: Journal of the Gilded Age & Progressive Era , 2017 - present
  • Graduate Education Committee: American Studies Association , 2017 - present
  • Co-founder: Heritage Studies & Public History graduate program , 2017
  • Editorial Board, The Public Historian: 2016 - present
  • Program Committee: Organization of American Historians , 2016
  • Program Commmittee: American Studies Association Annual Meeting , 2016
  • Chair of Allan Berube Public History Prize Committee: Committee on LGBT History , 2012
  • Editorial Collective Co-Chair: Radical History Review , 2006 - 2013
  • Steering Committee, Humanities Action Lab: 2014 - present
  • Radical History Review Editorial Collective: 1996 - present


  • Community Engagement and Its Discontents: collaborative research project with Jigna Desai
  • Queer Public History: A Genealogy:


  • Community Partnership Coordinator: Minnesota Transform: A Just University for Just Futures, 2020 - present
  • Collaborator: Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice, 2018 - 2021
  • Collaborator: Guantanamo Public Memory Project, 2011 - 2015
  • Collaborator: States of Incarceration, 2014 - 2019
  • Routledge History of American Sexuality. Murphy, Kevin, Jason Ruiz, David Serlin, Routledge, Co-Editor, 2020. Link Image
  • Challenging the Silo Mentality: Creating a Heritage Studies and Public History Program at the University of Minnesota: Murphy, Kevin, Katherine Hayes, Greg Donofrio, Pat Emerson, Tim Hoogland, Phyllis Messenger, Pat Nunally, Anduin Wilhide, , University Press of Florida, Archaeologists and the Pedagogy of Heritage, 2019.
  • Subjunctively Inhabiting the University: Murphy, Kevin, Jigna Desai, Duke University Press, Critical Ethnic Studies, 4:1 21-43, 2018.
  • Sexuality and the Cities: Interdisciplinarity and Queer Public History: Murphy, Kevin, Jennifer Pierce, Alex Urquhart, Oxford University Press, Oxford Handbook on Public History, 2017.
  • "What Makes Queer Oral History Different": Murphy, Kevin, Jennifer Pierce, Jason Ruiz, Oxford University Press, Oral History Review, 43:2 1-24, 2016.
  • Queering Archives: Intimate Tracings. Murphy, Kevin, Daniel Marshall, Zeb Tortorici, Duke University Press, Co-Editor, 2015.
  • Queering Archives: Historical Unravellings. Murphy, Kevin, Daniel Marshall, Zeb Tortorici, Duke University Press, Co-Editor, 2014.
  • Historicizing Gender and Sexuality. Murphy, Kevin, Jennifer Spear, Wiley-Blackwell, Co-Editor, 2011. Link
  • "Homosexuality": Murphy, Kevin, Princeton University Press, Princeton Encyclopedia of US History, 2011.
  • Gay Was Good: Progress, Homonormativity, and Oral History: Murphy, Kevin, University of Minnesota Press, Queer Twin Cities, 305-318, 2010.
  • Queer Twin Cities. Murphy, Kevin, Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project, University of Minnesota Press, Co-Editor, 2010. Link Image
  • Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, and the Politics of Progressive Era Reform. Murphy, Kevin, Columbia University Press, Author, 2008. Link
  • 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):
  • New York City: Murphy, Kevin, Thomson Learning, Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America, 225-340, 2004.
  • Socrates in the Slums: Homoerotics, Gender, and Settlement House Reform: Murphy, Kevin, A Shared Experience: Men, Women and Gender in U.S. History, New York University Press, 1998.
  • MidAmerica American Studies Association: Elizabeth Kolmer Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in American Studies, 2018
  • 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 , 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