Michelle Murphy


Michelle head 2015

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 technoscience as it relates to environmental and reproductive justice, data politics, chemical exposures, infrastructures, Indigenous science and technology studies, race, and colonialism.

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 additional graduate appointments 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, and in Science and Technology Studies and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.   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 an urban Métis  from Winnipeg and have lived in Tkaronto/Toronto since 2001.

I am a founding member of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, Principle Investigator in the Endocrine Disruptors Action Group, a lead editor on the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience, serve on the steering committee of the Politics of Evidence Working Group and previously  served on 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