Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: (318) 869-5186
At Centenary College since 2012, Matt Murphy teaches on a wide range of topics in Comparative and International Politics, such as the challenges posed by transitions to democracy, ethnic and nationalist conflict, European politics, transitional justice and human rights, international law, international war and cooperation, foreign policy, and research methods.
His research interests focus on problems of democratization, including "transitional justice" or dealing with the legacies of an authoritarian or violent past, and the development of party systems in new democracies of post-communist Europe, South Africa, and India. His most recent work concerns the effects of transitional justice policies, such as criminal trials and screening/purge policies, in post-communist Eastern Europe.
Before coming to Centenary he taught at Swarthmore College and Reed College. He received his PhD in Political Science from UC San Diego. Before deciding to pursue academics, Matt worked for this and that international development consulting organization in Washington, DC for several years, got a Master's degree in German and European Studies, and held many temp jobs, some much more interesting than others.
His blog, "Politics on Mars", is dormant right now but will soon be restocked with fascinating commentary! The blog does not represent the views or opinions of Centenary College, it is purely Professor Murphy's responsibilty.
A.B., Princeton University
M.A., Georgetown University
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Curriculum Vita (pdf)
PSC 110: Introduction to Comparative Politics (every Fall)
PSC 111: Global Politics (every Spring)
PSC 258: Political Analysis (Spring of even years)
PSC 310: U.S. Foreign Policy (Fall of odd years)
PSC 311: International Conflict and Cooperation (Spring of even years)
PSC 324S: International Law and Organizations (Fall of even years)
PSC 325: European Politics (Fall of odd years)
PSC 327: Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict (Spring of odd years)
PSC 329W: Comparative Democratization (Spring of odd years)
PSC 3XX: Comparative Capitalism (Fall of odd years)
PSC 473: Seminar in Political Science (Spring of odd years)
Research & Publications
"Transitional Justice" in The Oxford Companion to International Relations, Joel Krieger, ed. Oxford University Press, 2014 (forthcoming).
"Truth and Reconciliation Commissions" in The Oxford Companion to International Relations, Joel Krieger, ed. Oxford University Press, 2014 (forthcoming).
Dissertation: Transitional Justice and Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe
"Transitional Justice" annotated bibliography in Oxford Bibliographies Online, 2011. http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com
"Has the East Become the West or Vice Versa?" (with Ellen Comisso) in Evaluating Success and Failure in Post-Communist Reform, ed. Hilary Appel, Keck Center for International & Strategic Studies, 2005.
Collaborative Projects with Students:
Professor Murphy enjoys conducting in-depth collaborative research projects with his undergraduate students. He received supporting grants to work with a student during Summer 2005 on political parties in South Africa, and in 2008 on justice during the US occupations of Japan and Germany after World War II.
Current and In-Progress Projects:
"Carpetbaggers, Scalawags, and Transitional Justice in post-Civil War Reconstruction" (Presented at September 2013 meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL)