Our Faculty

Melanie Murphy

Associate Professor of History


Contact Information

617 735-9811


Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 358
Office hours: TBD

Education

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


Bio

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

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 (August 15, 2005)


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  •  "Honor, Judaism, Modern Judaism" in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (2015). published by DeGruyter. 

PRESENTATIONS

  • 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