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Jane Murphy

Associate Professor, History/Director, Crown Faculty Center

Curriculum Vitae

Jane Murphy joined the History Department of Colorado College in 2007, teaching Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam to the present and topics in the history of European and Islamic science.

After studying in Ankara, Turkey for a year as a Rotary high school exchange student, she received her BA in mathematics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Yale University. She next spent two years at the University of Jordan and then entered the History of Science program in the History Department of Princeton University, completing her PhD dissertation on the intellectual and social role of the sciences in the works of eighteenth-century Cairene religious scholars (ulema). Professor Murphy’s work has appeared in the journals of the American and British History of Science Societies. 

Regular Classes

HY131/FYE133: Civilization in the Middle East
HY104: Culture, Society, and History: The Mediterranean
HY104: Culture, Society, and History: Justice, Injustice, and Bodies on the Margins
HY 252: Magic, Science, and Religion in the Mediterranean
HY261: Formation of Islamic Societies
HY262: The Modern Middle East: Freedoms and Authorities
HY/PS 330: Colloquium in History and Political Science


  • HY200 – Topics in History: Islamic Cities
  • HY200 – Topics in History: Imagining Jordan: Myth, History, and Identity


    • B.A., Yale University, 1995
    • M.A., Princeton University, 2001
    • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2006