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


Virtuous Necessity: Conduct Literature and the Making of the Virtuous Woman in Early Modern England 2015 - Publication
"Greensickness and HPV: A Comparative Analysis?" (co-authored with William Hsu and his team) in New Technologies and Renaissance Studies II. Ed. Tassie Gniady, Kris McAbee, and Jessica C. Murphy. New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies volume 4. Toronto, Ontario: Iter Academic Press in collaboration with ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), Tempe, Arizona, 2014. 171-197. 2014 - Publication
Marriage: Practically Ideal (together with a selection of ballads) in the edition, Broadside Ballads from the Pepys Collection: A Selection of Texts, Approaches, and Recordings. 225-246. 2012 - Publication
Essays on the Pepysian ballad categories Love Unfortunate and Marriage, Cuckoldry, etc., together with the selection of ballads for each category, in the forthcoming edition, Early Modern Broadside Ballads: From the Pepys Collection. 197-246. 2012 - Publication
Ballad Creation and Circulation: Congers and Mongers (co-authored with Kris McAbee), in Early Modern Broadside Ballads: From the Pepys Collection, ed. Patricia Fumerton, forthcoming Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012. 7-9. 2012 - Publication
The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare, ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack, volume 5, 2012. 2030-2064. 2012 - Publication
Love Unfortunate and Unfortunate Love (together with a selection of ballads) in the edition, Broadside Ballads from the Pepys Collection: A Selection of Texts, Approaches, and Recordings. 197-223. 2012 - Publication
Feminine Virtues Network of Influence in Early Modern England, Studies in Philology 109.2 (Spring 2012): 258-278. 2012 - Publication
Review of The Tragic Histories of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1560-1690: Rhetoric, Passions, and Political Literature, John D. Staines, Sixteenth Century Journal, 62.1 (Spring 2011): 153-154. 2011 - Publication
Review of Time, Narrative, and Emotion in Early Modern England, David Houston Wood, Sixteenth Century Journal, 22.3 (Fall 2011): 794-795. 2011 - Publication


'Girl, you'll be a woman soon': Ophelia's Counselors in Hamlet
2006–2006 South Central Modern Language Association, Dallas, Texas
Visualizing the 'Advice to the Ladies of London': A Digital Humanities Approach to Early Modem Gender
2008–2008 E-Criticism: New Critical Methods and Modalities, Modern Language Association, San Francisco
The Absent Victim(s) in The Wife of Bath's Tale and Chaucer's Struggle
2004–2004 Medieval Studies Graduate Student Conference
'Advice to the Ladies of London': Broadside Ballads and Feminine Virtue
2008–2008 Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, New York
'Let us now lift up ourselves above the common people': Chastity, Violence, and the Lady
2007–2007 Early Modem Center

Additional Information

  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Technical Assistant for Early Modem Center’s English Broadside Ballad Archive (assist with backend technology, development of cataloguing and transcription standards, XML encoding), June 2005-present.
    • Participant, Brown Women Writers Project Seminar on Scholarly Text Encoding, 19-21 September 2007
    • Research Assistant for Richard Helgerson (ran poetry through character recognition software for A Sannetjram Carthage, compiled index for The Regrets), October 2005—June 2006
  • J .M. Huber Institute for Leaming in Organizations, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City
    • Project Assistant, November 2000—August 2002
  • CUNY Research Foundation, New York City
    • Research Assistant to Gerald A. Press (conducted research on Plato’s Mena and Phaeda, compiled index for Wha Speaks far Plata?), Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College, Fall 1999-February 2000
    • Grant Proposal Processing Assistant, November 1999—March 2000, October 2000—March 2001, and October 2001-March 2002
  • University of Califomia, Santa Barbara, Department of English
    • First Qualifying Exam Mock Examiner (administer formal practice exams for graduate students), Fall 2004-present
    • Teaching Assistant Training Panelist. September 2005
    • First Qualifying Exams Roundtable Panelist (guide graduate students on strategies for success in the departmental comprehensive exam), October 2004, May 2005, October 2005, May 2006
    • Incoming Graduate Student Orientation Panelist, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005
  • Modern Language Association
  • Northeast Modem Language Association
  • Pacific Ancient & Modem Language Association
  • South Central Modern Language Association
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe 1500-1700

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.