Michelle Murphy

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Michelle Murphy
Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto

Michelle Murphy's research in the field of science and technology studies concerns the intersections of technoscience, sex, race, environment and health in the twentieth century, with a focus on the United Statesin transnational and postcolonial perspectives.  She is the author of SickBuildingSyndrome and the Politics of Uncertainty: Environmental Politics, Technoscience and Women Workers (Duke University Press, 2006).  This book explores the history of contestations over pervasive low-level chemical exposures and the production of  uncertainty in U.S.environmental politics.  She is presently finishing a book called Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Technology, Feminist Health Practice, and Biopolitics.  She is also editor of RaceSci, a website dedicated to the critical study of the concept of race in science, medicine, and technology (www.racesci.org).  Her current research focuses on the economization of life, projects for governing health, fertility and environment in the name of economic processes and logics, with a particular focus on theUnited States andBangladesh in the late twentieth century. 

Professor Murphy was a resident at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research between September 2007 and June 2008.  Professor Murphy and Professor Philip collaborated on a study called “Environmental History, Indigenous Knowledge, and Gendered Practices inSouth Asia, 1950-2005.”