Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law
Professor of Philosophy and Political Science
Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Colleen Murphy is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at the College of Law and a professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in the Illinois Global Institute.
Professor Murphy is the author of The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press 2017), which won the 2017 North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award, and A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press 2010). She is also co-editor of Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World (Springer 2015), Risk Analysis of Natural Hazards: Interdisciplinary Challenges and Integrated Solutions (Springer 2015), and Climate Change and Its Impacts: Risks and Inequalities (Springer 2018). Professor Murphy is an associate editor of the Journal of Moral Philosophy, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and Science and Engineering Ethics; on the editorial boards of the journals Law and Philosophy and Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure; and a former member of the American Philosophical Association’s (APA) Committees on Philosophy and Law and on the Status of Women.
Prior to joining the Illinois faculty, Professor Murphy was an associate professor of philosophy at Texas A&M University. During 2010-2011, she was a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Professor Murphy holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame.
PhD, MA University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
BA University of Notre Dame
Areas of Expertise
Disasters and the Law
The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Climate Change and Its Impacts: Risks and Inequalities (Springer, 2018) (co-edited with Paolo Gardoni and Robert McKim)
Risk Analysis of Natural Hazards: Interdisciplinary Challenges and Integrated Solutions (Springer, 2015) (co-edited with Paolo Gardoni and Arden Rowell)
Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World (Springer, 2015) (co-edited with Paolo Gardoni, Hassan Bashir, Charles E. Harris, Jr., and Eyad Masad)
Reconciliation, (rev.) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2020 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), (with Linda Radzik)
A Scale of Risk, 34 Risk Analysis 1208 (2014) (with Paolo Gardoni)
On Principled Compromise, CXX Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 47 (2020)
- Named to the Best of Philosophy in 2020 list by Oxford University Press
#MeToo, Time’s Up, and Theories of Justice, 2019 University of Illinois Law Review 45 (2019) (with Jennifer Robbennolt and Lesley Wexler)
- Reprinted in Tracy Thomas (ed.), Women and the Law (Thomson Reuters, 2019)
- Review: Marcia McCormick, Worklaw JOTWELL (2018)
- Review: Brooke Coleman, Courts Law JOTWELL (2018)
How Nations Heal, Boston Review (Jan. 21, 2021)See All Publications