Lucy Murphy

Lucy Murphy

Lucy Murphy

Department of History, Newark, Professor


A145 Founders Hall
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • American History; US History to 1877
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality History
  • Native American History
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Nation


  • Ph.D., M.A., Northern Illinois University
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University
  • B.A., University of Michigan
Lucy Eldersveld Murphy is Professor of History at The Ohio State University, Newark. Her research focuses on intercultural, interracial, and gender relations on Midwestern American frontiers. Her book, A Gathering of Rivers: Indians, Métis, and Mining in the Western Great Lakes, 1737-1832 (University of Nebraska Press, 2000) examined a century of social and economic transformations in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. With Rebecca Kugel, she edited Native Women's History in Eastern North American before 1900: A Guide to Research and Writing (University of Nebraska Press, 2007). She is co-editor with Wendy Hamand Venet of the essay collection Midwestern Women: Work, Community, and Leadership at the Crossroads (Indiana University Press, 1997). She helped to create Ohio State's Newark Earthworks Center and is a member of its Faculty Oversight Committee. Prof. Murphy teaches courses on Native American, U.S. women’s, immigration, antebellum American, and U.S. Western history.
Prof. Murphy's latest book, Great Lakes Creoles: A French-Indian Community on the Northern Borderlands, Prairie du Chien, 1750–1860, was published by Cambridge University Press in August, 2014.