Michelle Murphy

About

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Great Lake health, office cubicles, errant molecules, chemical violence,  manual suction abortion kits, protocols, pap smears, drosophila in bottles, vibrio cholerae, GDP,  girls as human capital, queer fish, PCBs, sick buildings, anticipation, atmospheric pollution, endocrine disrupting chemicals, phantasmagrams, chemical infrastructures, …

These are some of the technologies and phenomena I grapple with as a historian of the recent past and technoscience studies scholar.  My work focuses on environmental politics, technoscience, chemical exposures, infrastructures, capitalism and economics, race and colonialism, and reproduction from the 20th century to the contemporary through feminist, decolonial, anti-racist, postcolonial, political economic, and queer approaches.

I am a Professor in the History Department and Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, Director of the Technoscience Research Unit, and co-organizer, with Natasha Myers, of the Toronto Technoscience Salon.

I have graduate appointments in Science and Technology Studies and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and in the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, the  School of Environment, and the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at U of T.  I have a  PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University (1998), and a Bachelors degree in Biology and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto (1992). I have lived in Toronto since 2001, and grew up in Winnipeg with Metis and French roots.

I serve on the steering committee of the Politics of Evidence Working Group and the organizing committee of Our Right to Know.

From 1996-2007  I was the editor of RaceSci Website on the History of “Race” in Science, Medicine, and Technology, which is no longer an active project.

Contact Information

2039 Wilson Hall
Women and Gender Studies Institute,  University of Toronto
40 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S 1C6
email: michelle.murphy@utoronto.ca

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