Our Faculty

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

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)


  •  "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