Assistant Professor of Black Studies and English
Dana Murphy (she/her/hers) is a scholar of interdisciplinary Black studies who specializes in Black feminisms, literary criticism, and studies of diaspora and postcolonialism. Murphy conducts research on archives pertaining to Black expressive culture, history, and theory, especially that which relates to practices of care in the Black diaspora from the eighteenth century to today. At Caltech, she teaches courses in expressive culture, literature, and thought in English or English translation that engage scholarship in Black studies as well as studies of difference, intersectionality, and social justice across humanistic disciplines, especially in gender, sexuality, women's, and LGBTQ+ studies.
Before her appointment at Caltech in 2021, Murphy was appointed as an assistant professor and LSA Collegiate Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Previously, she earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Irvine, and her B.A. in English at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society and the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. She has published scholarly essays in African American Review and CLA Journal. Murphy is currently writing a book inspired by Phillis Wheatley.
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.