John M Murphy

Associate Professor of Communication

  • Address: 3001 Lincoln Hall, 702 South Wright Street Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: 217-333-1593

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Rhetoric of the US presidency and contemporary politics; presidential war rhetoric and campaign speeches.

Research Description

  • John Murphy studies the history of American Public Address and political rhetoric. He's interested in just how political languages collide and influence each other over the course of US history. He's written on John and Robert Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Martin Luther King. Jr. and George W. Bush. He's currently developing a monograph on Alexander Hamilton and a book project on John Kennedy and the American liberal tradition.


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas