Michelle Murphy

Professor, Department of History and Women and Gender Studies Institute
Affiliated Faculty, CSUS


Wilson Hall, New College, Room 2039, 40 Willcocks Street




Murphy is a Canada Research Chair in Science and Technology Studies and Environmental Data Justice, as well as Professor in the History Department and Women and Gender  Murphy received her PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University (1998), and a Bachelors degree in Biology and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto (1992).  Her research concerns decolonial and feminist approaches to environmental, reproductive, and data justice with a focus on the lower Great Lakes. She is Métis from Winnipeg.

Research interests

Science and technology studies
Feminist and Indigenous feminist studies
Environmental justice
Reproductive justice
Data justice


Ph. D Harvard University (1998)

B.A. University of Toronto (1992)

awards and distinctions

Fellow of the Royal Society, 2020
Ludwik Fleck Prize, Society for Social Studies of Science, 2019
Ludwik Fleck Prize, Society for Social Studies of Science, 2008
Michelle Clayman Gender Research Institute Senior Research Fellowship, Stanford, 2007-2008
Distinguished Junior Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study, University of British Columbia, 1999

Selected Publications

The Economization of Life  (Duke University Press, 2017)
Seizi the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Technoscience, and Health (Duke University Press, 2012)
Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers (Duke University Press, 2006)


Feminist and Decolonial Technosicnece Studies
Decolonial Cyborgs for Planetary Futures
Gender and Environmental Injustice
Text, Theories, History
Time, Technoscience and Capitalism
Biopolitics and History


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