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:

NEH Summer Stipend National Endowment for the Humanities

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, S. (2017) Other People's Money: How Banking Worked in the Early American Republic. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press

Murphy, S. Alborn, T. (2013) Anglo-American Life Insurance, 1800-1914. London: Pickering & Chatto

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

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

Murphy, S. (2005) Securing Human Property: Slavery, Life Insurance, and Industrialization in the Upper South. Journal of the Early Republic.

Selected Presentations:

Murphy, S. A Re-Union of Interests Conference. Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company, Philadelphia, PA - "A Divergence of Interests: When Banks Fail" October, 2016

Murphy, S. Histories of Capitalism, 2.0. , Cornell University - "Bank Financing of Slavery during the 1840s and 1850s" October, 2016

Murphy, S. Uncertainty and Risk in America: (Un)Stable Histories from the Late Colonial Period to the Gilded Age. John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany - "Risky Investments: Banks and Slavery in the Antebellum American South" July, 2016

Murphy, S. Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society. , Hartford, CT - "How to Make a Dead Man: Murder, Suicide, and Insurance Fraud in Nineteenth-Century New England" May, 2016

Murphy, S. Business History Conference. , Portland, OR - "Discussant: Managing Risk and Uncertainty in the Agricultural Marketplace" April, 2016

Murphy, S. Organization of American Historians. , Providence, RI - "Paper: Taking the Moral Lead? The Public Expectations of State Banks around the Panic of 1819" April, 2016

Murphy, S. Business History Conference. , Portland, OR - "Paper: Banks, Slavery, and the Civil War" April, 2016

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