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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

Office Address

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

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Research Output 2005 2019

#MeToo, Time's Up, and Theories of Justice

Wexler, L. M., Robbennolt, J. K. & Murphy, C., 2019, In : University of Illinois Law Review. 2019, 1, p. 45-111 67 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
transitional society

Deliberative Democracy and Agency: Linking Transitional Justice and Development

Murphy, C., 2019, Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics. Keleher, L. & Kosko, S. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Predicting fatality rates due to earthquakes accounting for community vulnerability

Wang, Y., Gardoni, P., Murphy, C. & Guerrier, S., May 2019, In : Earthquake Spectra. 35, 2, p. 513-536 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bayesian networks
Dynamic analysis
Reliability analysis
Potable water

Activities 2015 2018

  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 1 Participation in conference

Journal of Moral Philosophy (Journal)

Colleen Murphy (Associate Editor)
2015 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology (Journal)

Colleen Murphy (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (Journal)

Colleen Murphy (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

American Philosophical Association (Eastern)

Colleen Murphy (Participant)

Activity: Attendance typesParticipation in conference