Kevin Murphy PhD

Kevin Murphy PhD

Chair, Department of Humanities

Professor of History


BA (Towson)

MA (Maryland)

PhD (Maryland)


Dr. Murphy received his BA degree from Towson State University and his MA and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. He arrived at University of the Sciences in August 2009 after fifteen years in the Midwest. He teaches a variety of Asian subjects, including Modern Japan, Modern China, The Atomic Bomb in Film and History, and Introduction to East Asia. On the American side, he teaches the American Civil War, and The American Frontier in Film and History.

His research interests deal with the intersection of Japanese and US culture. His third book, Inside the Bataan Death March: Defeat, Travail and Memory was published in 2014.

He has travelled widely, and has visited more than forty countries, many in Asia. He has received grants to attend faculty development seminars in China, Vietnam and India, and he spent four months teaching in Thailand. He has circumnavigated the world twice on the University of Pittsburgh’s “Semester at Sea” program, teaching Asian history as the ship visited numerous ports. He lived in Japan for four years and has returned many times.

Contact Information

Office location: East Building Room 101
Mailing address: University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.8725

k [dot] murphy [at] usciences [dot] edu