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Sharon Ann Murphy



Contact Information:
Ruane Center for the Humanities 116


Ph.D. - University of Virginia

Area(s) of Expertise:

19th & 20th c. American Social, Economic, and Business History; Financial History; History of Capitalism

Awards and Honors:

Hagley Prize for the Best Book in Business History - Hagley Museum and Library & the Business History Conference
Post-Doctoral Fellow - The Library Company of Philadelphia's Program in Early American Economy and Society
K. Austin Kerr Prize for best first paper by a new scholar - Business History Conference

Selected Publications:

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Alborn, Timothy. (2013). Anglo-American Life Insurance, 1800-1914. London: Pickering & Chatto.

Murphy, Sharon Ann. (2013). The Myth and Reality of Andrew Jackson's Rise during the Election of 1824. A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson, Blackwell Publishing.

Murphy, Sharon Ann. (2010). Investing in Life: Insurance in Antebellum America. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Murphy, Sharon Ann. (2008). Selecting Risks in an Anonymous World: The Agency System for Life Insurance in Antebellum America. Business History Review, Harvard Business School.

Murphy, Sharon Ann. (2005). Securing Human Property: Slavery, Life Insurance, and Industrialization in the Upper South. Journal of the Early Republic, University of Pennsylvania Press.

Recent Presentations:

Murphy, Sharon Ann., American Historical Association, Washington, DC, "Banks and Civic Life in the Early Republic". January, 2014.

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Brown University's 19th Century US History Workshop, Providence, RI, "In Search of the Common Good: Banks and the Panic of 1819". November, 2013.

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, St. Louis, MO, "The Literature of Banking in the Early Republic". July, 2013.

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Business History Conference, Columbus, OH, "The Public Response to Commercial Banks during the Panic of 1819". March, 2013.

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