Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Laura Murray


PhD Cornell,  CV/Bio (PDF 579 KB)

613-533-6000, ext. 74438

Office: Watson Hall, Room 534
On leave until January 2019

Also affiliated with Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

2019-20 Courses

  • ENGL 290 002/3.0 Seminar in Literary Interpretation – Jane Eyre and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • ENGL 446 001-3/3.0 Topics in Literatures of the Americas I – 19th Century New York in Print
  • ENGX 287 001/3.0 Unsettling Kingston/Ka’tarohkwi


  • Principal’s Education Leadership Award (2018)
  • Award of Merit from the Rideau Waterway Landscape Strategy Team, Parks Canada (for work on the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project) (2017)

Research Interests

  • community-based and oral history
  • southern Ontario treaty and Indigenous history
  • US literature before 1865, particularly focussing on urban life, media, gender, race, Indigenous experience
  • North American history in relation to immigration, colonialism, Indigenous experience, history of the book

Research in progress

Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project:
Research on Crawford Purchase and Mississauga territories, ongoing

Recent Publications

“Settler and Indigenous Stories of Kingston/Ka’tarohkwi: A Casy Study in Critical Heritage Pedagogy.” Journal of Canadian Studies 52.1 (winter 2018): 249-279.

Stories of the Swamp Ward – a series of 6 audio documentaries.

“Beyond Sir John: Unsettling Public Memory in Kingston, Ontario.” With Paul Carl. Journal of Critical Race Inquiry 3.1 (2016): 61-86.

Putting Intellectual Property in its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labor, and the Everyday. With S. Tina Piper and Kirsty Robertson. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Canadian Copyright: A Citizens’ Guide. With Samuel E. Trosow. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2007. Second edition 2013.

“Exchange Practices Among Nineteenth-century US Newspaper Editors: Cooperation in Competition.” Katherine Strandburg, Michael Madison, and Brett Frischmann, eds., Governing Knowledge Commons. NY: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Appropriation Appropriated: Ethical, Artistic and Legal Debates in Canada.” With Kirsty Robertson. Teresa Scassa and Mistrale Goudreau, eds., Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013.