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Professor Laura Murphy PhD

Professor of Human Rights and Contemporary Slavery

Summary

Professor Murphy conducts research in the field of trafficking, contemporary slavery, and forced labor globally.

  • About

    Laura T. Murphy is Professor of Human Rights and Contemporary Slavery at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University (UK). She is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar for the academic year 2019-2020. She was a British Academy Visiting Fellow at University of Nottingham in 2018-2019, and the John G. Medlin Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 2017-2018. She is the author of The New Slave Narrative: The Battle over Representations of Contemporary Slavery (Columbia University Press, 2019), editor of Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day Slave Narratives (Columbia University Press, 2014), and author of Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature (Ohio University Press, 2012). She is currently working on a book about a 2000 slave revolt in India for Columbia Global Reports.

     Her research on the intersection of homeless youth and human trafficking provided a four-pronged victim-centered community blueprint for how service providers can best assist youth at risk of trafficking, based on interviews with over 600 homeless youth in the U.S. and Canada. She serves as a subject matter expert in the field of human trafficking for the U.S. Office of Victims of Crime and the Administration of Children and Families. She is also the chair of the research committee of HEAL, an organization dedicated to providing a public health lens to the field of human trafficking. In addition to her academic presentations, she is a sought-after trainer and public speaker who has educated and motivated community activists, students, law enforcement officers, service providers, and medical professionals to employ a trauma-informed response to serve the needs of survivors of trafficking and contemporary slavery. As a consultant, she provides stakeholders assistance with community-based research, curriculum design, evaluations, and awareness projects in the field of modern slavery, human trafficking, and other social justice issues.

  • Research

    I am currently working on National Endowment for the Humanities and British Academy funded project on slave revolts in the 21st century.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Bales, K., Murphy, L., & Silverman, B.W. (2019). How many trafficked people are there in Greater New Orleans? lessons in measurement. Journal of Human Trafficking. http://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2019.1634936

    Murphy, L.T. (2018). On Freedom and Complexity in the (Captive) Nation. JALA: Journal of the African Literature Association, 12 (1), 60-71. http://doi.org/10.1080/21674736.2018.1433753

    de Bruijn, E., & Murphy, L. (2018). Trading in innocence: slave-shaming in Ghanaian children’s market fiction. Journal of African Cultural Studies, 30 (3), 243-262. http://doi.org/10.1080/13696815.2017.1321982

    Murphy, L. (2018). Anti-trafficking’s Sensational Misinformation: The “72-hour Myth” and America’s Homeless Youth. Journal of Human Trafficking, 4 (1), 89-91. http://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2018.1423450

    Murphy, L.T. (2017). The ethics of african studies in the age of oga politics: A response to Tejumola Olaniyan’s “AAfrican literature in the post-global age”. Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, 4 (2), 286-295. http://doi.org/10.1017/pli.2017.9

    Ngugi, M.W., & Murphy, L.T. (2017). This hustle is not your Grandpa's African lit. New Orleans Review, 2017-January (43), 1-4.

    Murphy, L.T. (2015). Blackface abolition and the new slave narrative. Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, 2 (1), 93-113. http://doi.org/10.1017/pli.2014.32

    Murphy, L.T. (2015). The new slave narrative and the illegibility of modern slavery. Slavery and Abolition, 36 (2), 382-405. http://doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2014.977528

    Murphy, L.T. (2014). Narrating "white slavery!" in the wire: A generic genealogy. Genre, 47 (2), 111-140. http://doi.org/10.1215/00166928-2679752

    Murphy, L. (2009). Obstacles in the way of love: The enslavement of intimacy in Samuel Crowther and Ama Ata Aidoo. Research in African Literatures, 40 (4), 47-64. http://doi.org/10.2979/RAL.2009.40.4.47

    Murphy, L. (2008). The curse of constant remembrance: The belated trauma of the slave trade in ayi kwei armah's fragments. Studies in the Novel, 40 (1-2), 52-71.

    Murphy, L. (2007). Into the bush of ghosts: Specters of the slave trade in West African fiction. Research in African Literatures, 38 (4), 141-152. http://doi.org/10.2979/RAL.2007.38.4.141

    Murphy, L. (n.d.). The Blood-Stained-Gate: An Archive of Emotion and Authenticity in the New Slave Narrative. Comparative Literary Histories of Slavery.

    Book chapters

    Rood, C., Richard, S., Murphy, L., Einbond, J., Iannarone, A., Amato, A., & Lee, H. (2020). Adolescents and Labor Trafficking. In Titchen, K.E., & Miller, E. (Eds.) Medical Perspectives on Human Trafficking in Adolescents A Case-Based Guide. (pp. 69-112). Springer Nature: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43367-3_5

    Rood, C., Richard, S., Murphy, L., Einbond, J., Iannarone, A., Amato, A., & Lee, H. (2020). Adolescents and Labor Trafficking. In Titchen, K.E., & Miller, E. (Eds.) Medical Perspectives on Human Trafficking in Adolescents A Case-Based Guide. (pp. 69-112). Springer Nature: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43367-3_5

    Murphy, L.T. (2015). The Reemergence of the Slave Narrative Tradition and the Search for a New Frederick Douglass. In The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights. (pp. 125-134). Abingdon, England: Routledge

    Murphy, L.T. (2015). The reemergence of the slave narrative tradition and the search for a new Frederick Douglass. In The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights. (pp. 126-135).

    Books

    Murphy, L. (2019). The New Slave Narrative The Battle Over Representations of Contemporary Slavery.

    Murphy, L.T. (2014). Survivors of Slavery Modern-Day Slave Narratives. Columbia University Press.

    Murphy, L.T. (2012). Metaphor and the slave trade in west african literature.

    Reports

    Murphy, L. (2017). Labor and Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5887a2a61b631bfbbc1ad83a/t/5a7490fdc8302508d6b76f1c/1517588734590/Labor+and+Sex+Trafficking+Among+Homeless+Youth.pdf

    Murphy, L., Taylor, R., & Bolden, C. (2015). Trafficking and Exploitative Labor Among Homeless Youth in New Orleans. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5887a2a61b631bfbbc1ad83a/t/59498effe4fcb553cd3bd5cc/1497992978429/HomelessYouthNewOrleans.pdf

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