Ryan Murphy
Assistant Professor of History

Ryan Murphy is a historian with a particular interest in U.S. History, Labor History and Queer Studies. A former flight attendant, he is the author of, Deregulating Desire: Flight Attendant Activism and the Family Values Economy, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, Advance Contract for Publication in 2015).

"I teach at Earlham because of its commitment to intellectual freedom," says Ryan. "Professors are encouraged to work across the boundaries of conventional disciplines, and to continually expand their areas of expertise. At Earlham, creativity is not only valued, but required."

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 102

Phone
765-983-1201

E-mail
murphry@earlham.edu

Office
Landrum Bolling Center

Office Hours
T,W,R — 10 a.m. - Noon

Programs/Departments

  • History
  • Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota at Minneapolis
  • B.A., Macalester College

Selected Courses:

LGBT/Queer Studies
Labor History
Global Political Economy
Contemporary History

Workplace Justice: Readings in U.S. Labor History

Radical Queeries

History of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Queer History: Dissident Sexualities in American Culture

Prohibition: Race, Sex and Alcohol in U.S. History

Recent U.S. History

Books

Deregulating Desire: Flight Attendant Activism and the Family Values Economy, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, Advance Contract for Publication in 2015).   

Edited Volumes

Co-editor, with the Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project – Michael David Franklin, Lawrence Knopp, Kevin P. Murphy, Jennifer L. Pierce, Jason Ruiz, and Alex T. Urquhart, Queer Twin Cities (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010).   

Articles

“United Airlines is for Lovers: Flight Attendant Activism and the Political Economy of Domesticity in the 1990s,” Radical History Review 112 (Winter 2012) 100-112.   

“Author Meets Critics: A Roundtable Discussion about Queer Twin Cities,” with Kath Browne, Miranda Joseph, and Tiffany Muller. Social and Cultural Geography (Forthcoming Fall 2012).

American Studies Association

I teach at Earlham because of its commitment to intellectual freedom. Professors are encouraged to work across the boundaries of conventional disciplines, and to continually expand their areas of expertise. At Earlham, creativity is not only valued, but required.

Earlham students are intellectually adventurous. I am always impressed that students with little prior training in U.S. History or in Sexuality Studies, for example, takes an advanced class and does original scholarly research in those areas. I also regularly have students who are not in my classes but who seek out my expertise for project in other fields. That collaboration is standard practice at Earlham, which in turn makes me a better scholar.

I founded a queer arts and cultural center in Minneapolis during my time as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. Making queer culture is even more important to me than studying it, and thus I have been involved in the queer scene in both Minneapolis and my previous home town of San Francisco.

 

 

I was a flight attendant before I became an academic. I still collect airline memorabilia from the 1950-1970, and especially that from vanished airlines like Braniff, TWA, and Pan Am. I ride my bike everywhere. I love old Volvos. Despite my Irish name, I am a committed Southern Italian cook.

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