Jessica Murphy

Dean Undergraduate Education - Undergraduate Education

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Literature
University of California, Santa Barbara - 2009
M.A. - English Literature
University of California, Santa Barbara - 2004
B.A. - Philosophy
Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY - 2001

Research Areas

English Literature
Early Modern England
1500-1700 culture and literature of England 
Shakespeare
Gender Studies

Publications

“Greensickness and Shakespeare,” in Shakespeare / SEX: Contemporary Readings in Gender and Sexuality, edited by Jennifer Drouin. Arden Shakespeare Intersections, forthcoming 2020. 2020 - Book Chapter
“‘Greensickness carrion’: Re-reading Capulet through Broadside Ballads,” in Ballads and Performance: The Multi-Modal Theatricality of the Early Modern Stage, edited by Patricia Fumerton. The EMC Imprint, 2018. 2018 - Book Chapter
“Review of Bonnie Lander Johnson. Chastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture.” The Review of English Studies 68 (283) (2017): 176-177. 2016 - Book Review
Virtuous Necessity: Conduct Literature and the Making of the Virtuous Woman in Early Modern England 2015 - Book
Gniady, Tassie, Kris McAbee, and Jessica C. Murphy eds. New Technologies in Renaissance Studies II, volume 4. Toronto and Tempe, AZ: Iter and ACMRS, 2014. 2014 - Edited Volume
Murphy, Jessica C., William H. Hsu, Wesam Elshamy, Surya Teja Kallumadi, and Svitlana Volkova, “Greensickness and HPV: A Comparative Analysis?” in New Technologies in Renaissance Studies II volume 4, edited by Tassie Gniady, Kris McAbee, and Jessica C. Murphy, 171-197. Toronto and Tempe, AZ: Iter and ACMRS, 2014. 2014 - Book Chapter
“Review of Romancing the Self in Early Modern Englishwomen’s Life Writing by Julie A. Eckerle.” Biography 37.4 (2014): 1161-1163. 2014 - Book Review
 “Feminine Virtue’s Network of Influence in Early Modern England,” Studies in Philology 109.2 (Spring 2012): 258-278. 2012 - Refereed Journal Article
  “‘Of the sicke virgin’: Britomart, Greensickness, and the Man in the Mirror,” Spenser Studies 25 (2010): 109-127. 2012 - Refereed Journal Article
McAbee, Kris and Jessica C. Murphy. “Ballad Creation and Circulation: Congers and Mongers.” In Broadside Ballads from the Pepys Collection: A Selection of Texts, Approaches, and Recordings, edited by Patricia Fumerton, 7-9. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012. 2012 - Book Chapter

Appointments

Dean of Undergraduate Education
University of Texas at Dallas [2017–Present]
Quality Enhancement Plan Co-Director
University of Texas at Dallas [2017–2018]
Quality Enhancement Plan Director
University of Texas at Dallas [2015–2016]
Associate Professor of Literature
University of Texas at Dallas [2015–Present]
Assistant Professor of Literary Studies
University of Texas at Dallas [2009–2015]
Faculty Advisor to the Office of Assessment
University of Texas at Dallas [2014–2015]
UTD Project Manager English Broadside Ballad Archive
University of Texas at Dallas [2010–2014]

Awards

UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers - The University of Texas System [2020]
Travel Grant - The University of Texas at Dallas, Arts & Humanities, Literature [2017]
Special Faculty Development Award - The University of Texas at Dallas, Arts & Humanities [2015]
Best Paper in Historical, Literary and/or Cultural Studies for “Language and the Female Body in English Broadside Ballads” - South Central Modern Language Association [2015]
Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award - Regents of the University of Texas [2013]
Summer Institute in Literary Studies, Sarah Beckwith’s “Versions of The Winter’s Tale” - National Humanities Center [2013]
Distinguished Teacher in Diversity & Multicultural Education Award - The University of Texas at Dallas [2011]
BootCamp Fellowship for THATCamp Texas - THATCamp [2011]
Tuition Scholarship for SEASR Analytics - Digital Humanities Summer Institute [2009]

Projects

Sex Salves
A study of diseases associated with women in the early modern period in England.

Additional Information

Invited Talks
2017                “Women in Love: Early Modern Medical Understandings,” Invited Speaker, “‘My love is as a fever….’: Love Treatises in the Renaissance,” UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 20-21 January 2017.

2015                “Remedies, Complaints, and Intrigues: Language and the Female Body in English Broadside Ballads,” Invited Speaker, University of Texas at El Paso, Department of English, 13 October 2015.

2013                “The Ballad of the Dissertation: Title Unknown,” Early Modern Center, The University of California, Santa Barbara, via Skype, 11 October 2013.

2012                “Jesting at Scars: Comedy in Shakespeare,” Cooper Honors Lecture, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, 25 April 2012.

2011                “Using Medieval and Early Modern Digital Archives,” Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium, University of North Texas, 10 November 2011.


  
Memberships
  • Modern Language Association
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender
  • South Central Modern Language Association
  • Renaissance Society of America

      
Conference Activity
Conference Organized

2015                Host Institution Co-organizer, Digital Frontiers, The University of Texas at Dallas, 17-18 September 2015.


Panels Organized

2018               Co-organizer, “Early Modern Mortality,” Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans, LA, 22-24 March 2018.

2018              Organizer and Chair, three panels under the regular session “English II: Renaissance Literature excluding Drama,” South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio, TX 11-14 October 2018.

2017               Organizer and Secretary, two panels under the regular session “Renaissance Literature excluding Drama,” South Central Modern Language Association, Tulsa, OK, 5-8 October 2017.

2017                Co-organizer, seminar, “Regulating Early Modern Women’s Bodies: Fiction, Prescription, and Practice,” Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting, 5-8 April 2017.

2016                Organizer and Chair, two panels under the regular session “Renaissance Drama,” South Central Modern Language Association, Dallas, TX, 3-5 November 2016.

2014                Organizer and Chair, two panels under the regular session “English II: Renaissance Literature excluding Drama,” South Central Modern Language Association, Austin, TX, 18-22 October 2014.

2012                Organizer and Chair, two panels under the regular session “English II: Renaissance Literature excluding Drama,” South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio, TX, 8-10 November 2012.

2008                Co-organizer and Chair of “Reconsidering Early Modern Women’s Chastity, Silence, and Obedience I,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, New York, 10-13 April 2008.

2008                Co-organizer of “Reconsidering Early Modern Women’s Chastity, Silence, and Obedience II,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, New York, 10-13 April 2008.

Papers Presented

2019               “Greensickness and Performance,” Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium, Oxford, England, UK, 6 December 2019.

2018               “Sex and Death in Early Modern Broadside Ballads,” Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans, LA, 22 March 2018.

2017               “Black Ribbon for Mourning,” with Kim Knight and Dale MacDonald, The Wearable and Tangible Worlds of DH, HASTAC, Orlando, FL, 4 November 2017.

2016                “Faculty and Assessment Professionals Collaborating To Improve Assessment,” with Gloria Shenoy, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 3-5 December 2016.

2016                “Early Modern Medical Texts and The Regulation? of The Female Body,” National Women’s Studies Association, Montreal QC, Canada, 11 November 2016.

2015                “Language and the Female Body in English Broadside Ballads,” South Central Modern Language Association, Nashville, TN, 3 November 2015. Winner of SCMLA 2015 “Best Paper in Historical, Literary and/or Cultural Studies” award.

2015                “Regulating the Female Body in Early Modern English Broadside Ballads,” Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Sponsored Panel, 22 October 2015.

2015                “Representing the Pregnant Body in Early English Broadside Ballads,” Center for Values in Science, Medicine, and Technology Conference, UT Dallas, 22 May 2015.

2015                “‘Greensickness carrion’: Re-reading Capulet through Broadside Ballads,” Shakespeare and Ballads Seminar, Shakespeare Association of America, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2 April 2015.

2014                “The Labor of Feminine Virtue,” Putting Gender to Work Seminar, Shakespeare Association of America, St. Louis, Missouri, 10 April 2014.

2013                “‘Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep’: Fathers and their Greensick Daughters,” South Central Modern Language Association, New Orleans, 5 October 2013.

2013                “Sex Salves: Greensickness in Early Modern English Literature and Culture,” Center for Values in Science, Medicine, and Technology Conference, Dallas, Texas, 23 May 2013.

2012                Hamlet and Three Films” and “The Winter’s Tale and Ballads,” Pitiful Goers-Between: Teaching Intertextually Workshop, Shakespeare Association of America, Boston, Massachusetts, 6 April 2012.

2012                “DH Pedagogy Project,” with Sara Steger, Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, 6 January 2012.

2011                “Social Media and Shakespeare,” with Kris McAbee, South Central Modern Language Association, Hot Springs, AR, 27 October 2011.

2011                “Using a Social Network to Teach Early Modern Drama,” with Kris McAbee, Renaissance Society of America, Montreal, Canada, 24 March 2011.

2010                “HPV and Greensickness: A Comparative Analysis,” Renaissance Society of America, Venice, Italy, 9 April 2010.

2009                The Faerie Queene and the Paradox of Chastity,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference, Dallas, TX, 24 October 2009.

2009                “‘A Remedy for the Greensickness’: Popular Literature and Female Sexuality,” Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 7 February 2009.

2008                “Visualizing the ‘Advice to the Ladies of London’: A Digital Humanities Approach to Early Modern Gender,” E-Criticism: New Critical Methods and Modalities, Modern Language Association, San Francisco, 27-30 December 2008.

2008                “‘Advice to the Ladies of London’: Broadside Ballads and Feminine Virtue,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, New York, 10-13 April 2008.

2007                “‘Beneath thy heavenly show’: Seeming Chaste in The Tragedy of Mariam,” Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association, Western Washington University, 2 November 2007.

2006                “‘Girl, you’ll be a woman soon’: Ophelia’s Counselors in Hamlet,” South Central Modern Language Association, Dallas, Texas, 27 October 2006.

2003                “Paulina’s ‘Counter-Magic’ in The Winter’s Tale,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference, Newport Beach, California, 23 October 2003.

Workshops

2019               Developing a Comprehensive System of Support for First-Generation Students, Academic Impressions, Orange County, California, 18-20 September 2019.

2019               “Shakespeare On Our Hands,” Workshop participant, Shakespeare Association of America, Washington D.C, 19 April 2019.

2019                Emotional Intelligence Workshop for Higher Ed Leaders, Academic Impressions, Denver, Colorado, 4-5 March 2019.

2018               “The Choice of Action as Agency: Early Modern Women’s Choreographies of Virtue, Status, Dissent, and Subversion” and “Bodies of Authority: Contesting the Coercive Space in Early Modern England,” Workshop participant, Attending to Early Modern Women: Action and Agency, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 14-16 June 2018.

2015                “Sex and Marriage: Then and Now,” Workshop co-organizer and co-leader with Katie Kalpin Smith and Sara Keeth, Attending to Early Modern Women: It’s About Time, 19 June 2015.

2012                “Taking TEI Further: Teaching with TEI,” Worskhop participant, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 20-22 August 2012.

2012                “Introduction to TEI,” Workshop instructor, THATCamp Texas, University of Texas, Arlington, 9-10 March 2012.

2011                THATCamp Texas, Workshop participant, Rice University, Houston, 15-16 April 2011.

2009                “Electronic Self-Fashioning,” Workshop co-leader with Emily Isaacson, Attending to Early Modern Women—Conflict and Concord, University of Maryland 7 November 2009.

2006                “Conduct and Crossdressing: Performing Gender and the Threat of Violence,” Workshop co-leader with Simone Chess, Attending to Early Modern Women—and Men, University of Maryland, 11 November 2006.

Roundtables

2016                “Radicalizing Curriculum and Decolonizing The Canon,” Roundtable participant, National Women’s Studies Association, Montreal QC, Canada, 13 November 2016.

2014                “Feminist Pedagogy in the Deep South,” Roundtable Moderator, National Women’s Studies Association, San Juan Puerto Rico, 16 November 2014.

Conference Participation

2019                Association of American Colleges and Universities, Annual Meeting, “Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education,” Atlanta, GA, 23-26 January 2019.

2018                UT System Student Success Summit, Austin, TX 20-21 September 2018.

2018                UT System Provosts’ Retreat, Dallas, TX 2-3 July 2018.

2018               Shakespeare Association of America, Los Angeles, CA, 28-31 March 2018.

2017                Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX 2-5 Decemner 2017.

2016                Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation, Grapevine, TX, 17-20 July 2016.

2016                Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX 7-10 January 2016.

2015                Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Annual Meeting, Houston, TX 4-8 December 2015.

2015                Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation, Kissimmee, FL 19-22 July 2015.

2015                Texas A&M University Assessment Conference, College Station, TX 22-24 February 2015.

2014                Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, 5-8 November 2014.

2014                Texas A&M University Assessment Conference, College Station, TX 16-18 February 2015.


  

News Articles

Literary Studies Professor Praised for New Approaches to Old Works
Since 2009, Dr. Jessica C. Murphy, assistant professor of literary studies, has challenged UT Dallas students to approach traditional subjects with new tools and technologies. Her efforts have been recognized with a 2013 UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. “I am honored to have been chosen for this award. Teaching is extremely important to me, and I am always working to improve. It is really wonderful to be recognized for that work,” Murphy said. Murphy teaches courses that cover the plays of Shakespeare, women in early modern literature, and medieval and renaissance literature. She approaches these classical subjects with a digital bent. “Getting students interested in and excited about early modern literature and culture is one of my aims in teaching. The research that I do in this area helps me bring new ideas to the classroom all of the time,” Murphy said. “I also work with the humanities and technology. I often use a social network to teach Shakespeare because I think this is an excellent way for students to understand online personae while at the same time making connections among the plays we are reading.”
New Dean of Undergraduate Education Aims to Build Collaboration
Dr. Jessica C. Murphy, associate professor of literary studies at UT Dallas, assumed the role of dean of Undergraduate Education on Sept.1.
Murphy also serves as co-director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) — a UT Dallas initiative aimed at boosting first-year students’ engagement and academic success. She said the yearlong process introduced her to many departments, faculty and staff across campus, which helped her think in a more global way about building upon and improving programs and the quality of student learning.
Undergraduate Dean Named to UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Dr. Jessica Murphy, dean of undergraduate education at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been inducted as one of four new fellows of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, which recognizes outstanding educators throughout its academic institutions.

“It’s very exciting,” Murphy said. “These are fabulous teachers who care a lot about their students and about improving how the student experience works, all across the UT System.”

The academy was created in 2012 and serves as an advocacy group to foster classroom innovation, promote interdisciplinary educational perspectives and catalyze the sharing of best practices.