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Michael Murphy

Assistant Professor


PhD (OttawaU)-In progress; MA (Queen's)

Political Studies

Arts and Science

Brief Biography

Michael P. A. Murphy will be joining the Department of Political Studies as a Postdoctoral Fellow from 1 July 2022 - 30 June 2024. He is currently an SSHRC doctoral fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa. Michael received an MA in the Collaborative Political and Legal Thought Program at Queen's University.

Research Interests

Michael's postdoctoral research project, entitled Active Teaching, Assessment, and Evaluation in Political Science, bridges the gap between innovative pedagogy and the practices and instruments of assessment and evaluation. This project builds on Michael's previous research in the scholarship of teaching and learning, which has been published in venues such as the Journal of Political Science Education, PS: Political Science and Politics, the International Journal for Academic Development, Collected Essays in Learning and Teaching, the Journal of Museum Education and elsewhere. 

In addition to his research in higher education, Michael has published on a variety of topics in International Relations and applied political theory, including emergency powers, securitization, metaphysics, and the application of quantum theory to International Relations.


Honours Seminar in International Relations, University of Ottawa (x3)

Modern Political Thought, Part II, University of Ottawa

Selected Publications

Michael P.A. Murphy. 2022. "Violent Interference: Structural Violence, Quantum International Relations, and the Ethics of Entanglement." Global Studies Quarterly (forthcoming)

Michael P.A. Murphy. 2021. Quantizing Critique: Quantum Social Theory for Critical International Relations Theorists. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Michael P.A. Murphy and Andrew Heffernan. 2021. "Assessing Three Elements of 'Canadian' International Relations." Canadian Journal of Political Science 54(1): 209-221.

Michael P.A. Murphy. 2020. “COVID-19 and Emergency eLearning: Consequences of the Securitization of Higher Education for Post-Pandemic Pedagogy.” Contemporary Security Policy. 41(3): 492-505. *Most-read and most-cited article in journal’s history*