Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry

Mary Murphy, History Professor

Current Semestermurphy

Spring 2014 Courses:

HIST 515: The American West
HSTA 409: Food in America

Advising: American History, Women's Studies, Graduate Program

Office Hours: by appointment

Office: Wilson 2-165


Phone: (406) 994-5206

Curriculum Vitae: Click Here

Courses Taught: Click Here

Research Interests

History of Food in America

Photography in the American West

Gender in the American West

American Women

Women's History


PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 1977

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations

Mortar Board, Professor of the Month (2010)

James and Mary Ross Provost Award for Excellence, Montana State University (2007)

Phi Kappa Phi (2007)

Montana Book Award (2003)

Honorable Mention, Jensen-Miller Prize, Coalition for Western Women’s History (2002)

Betty Coffey Award for Contributions on behalf of Women at Montana State University, Women’s

Studies Minor Committee, (2000)

Charles & Nora L. Wiley Faculty Award for Meritorious Research, Montana State University Foundation, (1999)

Barbara Sudler Award, Colorado Historical Society (1998)

Spur Award Finalist in Contemporary Nonfiction, Western Writers of America (1998)

Choice Outstanding Academic Book (1997)

Mortar Board Certificate of Recognition (1992)

Albert J. Beveridge Award, American Historical Association (1988)

Merle Curti Social History Award, Organization of American Historians (1988)

Merit Award of Recognition, North Carolina Society of Historians (1988)

Honorable Mention, John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, American Studies Assoc., (1988)

Philip Taft Labor History Award, New York School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1987

Select Publications

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“Remember Me: A History of Work and Beauty in Montana Quilts” in Border to Border: Quilts and Quiltmakers of Montana, Annie Henshew.  Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2009, pp. 1-21.

“Latitudes and Longitudes: Teaching the History of Women in the U.S. and Canadian Wests,” in One Step over the Line: Toward a History of Women in the North American West, eds., Elizabeth Jameson and Sheila McManus. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2008, pp. 411-25.

Reprint, “Copper Metropolis,” in Vernacular Architecture Forum 2009 Field Guide, ed. Richard I. Gibson, VAF Montana, 2009, pp. 47-57.

“Men in Hats,” Drumlummon Views 3:1 (Spring 2009): 315-320.