Dr. Thomas Murphy
Tom Murphy is professor of history at Indiana University South Bend. He grew up in a farming and coal-mining community in central Illinois, and was a first-generation college student. He completed his undergraduate degree in History at Purdue University, holds an M.A. from Northern Arizona University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the American West, the idea of manliness, and the junction between memory and history. He served as assistant editor on four volumes of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, and his essay, “To Sound My Trumpet: Henry Hasting Sibley, Minnesota, the Rise of a National Identity,” appears in The State We’re In (2010) edited by Annette Atkins and Debbie Miller. He teaches courses covering the United States from the 19th century to the present.