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Melanie Murphy

Associate Professor of History

Contact Information

617 735-9811

Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 358

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.; Friday, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.


Ph.D., Brandeis University; A.M., Boston College; B.A., Simmons College


My own work has focused on the relationships between culture and politics. What has art said to authority in the context of fascism, communism, imperialism? Can culture save? I have also done specialized work in European racism.

Courses I Teach

  • HIST1108 - World History to 1500
  • HIST1109 - Modern World History
  • HIST2119 - Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • HIST2120 - Europe in the Era of World War
  • HIST2124 - History through Fiction: Event and Imagination
  • HIST2127 - Religion, Society and Europe
  • HIST2140 - History of the Modern Middle East
  • HIST3119 - Individual and Society in European History
  • HIST3504 - From Lenin to Putin: A History of the Soviet Union and its Collapse

Publications + Presentations

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and the Holocaust: A Prelude to Genocide

Chapter 10. "Marxism: Enemy of the People in the Political Party and Military System"
Edited by John Michalczyk, Michael Bryant and Susan Michalczyk. 2022

Nazi Law from Nuremburg to Nuremburg

Chapter 8. "Homosexuality and the Law in the Third Reich"
Edited by  John J. Michalczyk. 2017 

Through a Lens Darkly: Films of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing

Essay, "The Architecture of Doom (Peter Cohen, 1991): Blueprint for Annihilation"
Peter Lang Publishing; First edition (2013)

Max Nordau's Fin-de-Siècle Romance of Race

Studies in German Jewish History (Book 4)
Peter Lang Publishing (2007)


  • Edouard Louis, The End of Eddy review, NEHA News 48.1 Spring 2019
  • "Honor, Judaism, Modern Judaism" in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (2015). published by DeGruyter. 


  • April 2016: Presented on "Gentleman's Agreement" in world historical perspective at the New England Regional World History Association
  • November 2015: Presented a paper at the PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) on Bildung and the Holocaust

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