Assistant Professor of Black Studies and English
Dana Murphy (she/her) is a scholar of interdisciplinary Black studies, specializing in feminisms, literary criticism, and studies of diaspora. Murphy primarily conducts research on literature and literary archives pertinent to Black lives, especially works which emphasize practices of care in feminist and queer communities from the eighteenth century to today.
Murphy has published scholarly essays in African American Review and CLA Journal. She is currently writing a book inspired by Phillis Wheatley.
At Caltech, Murphy teaches courses on Black expressive culture in English or English translation together with scholarship in studies of difference and justice across humanistic disciplines. Previously, she taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
She holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine.
Scholarly Essays in Peer-Reviewed Journals
"Praisesong for Margaret Walker's Jubilee and the Phillis Wheatley Poetry Festival." African American Review, vol. 53, no. 4, 2020, pp. 299–313.
"Black Feminist Hoodoo: Ntozake Shange's Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo." "sing a black girl's song…sing a song of her life": Ntozake Shange, special issue of CLA Journal, vol. 62, no. 2, 2019, pp. 178–92.