Michelle Murphy




Bucket samplers, office cubicles, errant molecules, manual suction abortion kits, protocols, drosophila in bottles, vibrio cholerae, GDP,  girls as human capital, queer fish, sick buildings, anticipation, atmospheric pollution, motivation surveys, 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 ,biopolitics, sexed and raced life, health, calculation, economic practices, reproduction, technology, and social science practices in the 20th century through feminist transnational, 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, with 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 and School of Environment 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 am a co-organizer of the Toronto Technoscience Salon and  also the director of the Technoscience Research Unit.

I am on the steering committee of the Politics of Evidence Working Group and the organizing committee of Scientists for the 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.


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