Michael Murphy

  • Assistant Professor - Sociology

Michael is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research, scholarship, and teaching is focused on the ways that racialization patterns human relations to environments, land, and nonhuman forms of nature, both culturally and materially. He is committed to anticolonial modalities of social knowledge, and finds inspiration in the critical intellectual and historical work of W.E.B. Du Bois and Saidiya Hartman. Michael’s scholarship has been published in Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Environmental Justice, and Humanity and Society. To reach audiences beyond the academy, he has also co-authored several Op-Eds for various publications, in addition to a policy briefing published by Adaptation Watch. He received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of San Diego, where he also studied Philosophy and Peace and Justice Studies. Both his M.A. (2014) and Ph.D. (2018) in Sociology were received from Brown University.

Areas of Specialization 

  • Race and the Environment 
  • Black Ecology 
  • Knowledge and Ignorance 
  • Anticolonial Sociology and Social Theory

Education & Training

  • PhD, Brown University, 2018
  • MA, Brown University, 2014
  • BA, University of San Diego, 2012