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Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Colleen Murphy is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, and a Professor of Philosophy and of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also serves as Acting Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute and the Humanities Research Institute - Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in Legal Humanities. Murphy’s research focuses on political reconciliation and transitional justice in response to entrenched injustice and on ethical dimensions of risks. She 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); co-editor of 3 volumes; and author or co-author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. Murphy is an Associate Editor of four academic journals (Journal of Moral Philosophy, Science and Engineering Ethics, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities) and on the Editorial Boards of two additional journals (Law and Philosophy, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure). Her research has been supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation, and through fellowships from the Princeton University Center for Human Values and 4.TU Centre for Ethics in the Netherlands. Murphy has delivered more than 130 invited lectures at universities throughout the United States and in 11 additional countries. She has also written or recorded more than a dozen popular op-eds and podcasts for venues including the Chicago Tribune, Boston Review, and Ms. Magazine. 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.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • 2004 
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD/ Philosophy