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Women’s and Gender Studies

Annalyssa Murphy

Adjunct Lecturer

Women’s and Gender Studies

As a Native American and a Jewish woman, for Annalyssa Murphy, the personal is not only political, it is pedagogical, and she sees teaching as an act of revolution. A longtime instructor in the WGS program, Murphy’s goal is to empower students to be agents of social change, to make this world better for them being in it.

Murphy also helped to create the curriculum for ethnic studies and its first course, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, offered through WGS. As part of that effort, she also created and taught four classes: Unmasking Pocahontas: Native Women from Myth to Reality; Exploring Gender in Native American Novels; Forgotten History of Women in North America: Culture and Politics; and Women in Historic Massachusetts.

Murphy was invited to be the Women’s Week keynote speaker at Merrimack College in 2003 and 2008.


  • NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Oxford University
  • Ph.D., Women’s and Gender Studies, Clark University
  • M.A. work, Museum Studies, Harvard University
  • M.A. work in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Gratz College
  • M.A., Liberal Studies, Hamline University
  • B.A., Women’s Studies and English, Hamline University


Courses taught
Gender and Society
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Unmasking Pocahontas: Native Women from Myth to Reality
Exploring Gender in Native American Novels
Forgotten History of Women in North America: Culture and Politics
Women in Historic Massachusetts

Professional Experience

Currently working on co-authoring a textbook for women’s and gender studies classes, the first of its kind written by authors with doctorates specifically in the field.

Currently writing a book positioning Massachusetts as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement.

Article / critical viewing guide to be used with the Disney movie Pocahontas,




Sullivan 308