Gail Murray | Associate Professor - On Sabbatical
Office: 202 Buckman Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3289 | Email:



I offer introductory and advanced courses on Colonial North America, the Revolution, and the Early Republic, as well as thematically-focused U.S. history courses dealing with race and gender. Most semesters also find me teaching in the core humanities course, “The Search for Values.” I particularly enjoy working with first year students as they negotiate new writing expectations, a host of campus and community activities, and sleep deprivation.


Currently I am researching and writing about Memphians who were involved in the War on Poverty in the 1960s-early 1970s, particularly women. I am also working on a longer essay about the role that southern women, both African American and white, played in attacking racial discrimination in Memphis in the half-century following World War II. Some of that work appeared in Throwing Off the Cloak of Privilege: White Southern Women in the Civil Rights Era (University Press of Florida, 2004), for which I also served as editor, and Tennessee Women (University Press of Georgia, 2009, edited by Sarah Wilkerson & Beverly Bond. I also compiled a documentary project of African-American women’s memoirs and oral histories during the long civil rights movement. See the Women and Social Movements database found on the Barret Library Database site. My first book surveyed American Children’s Literature as a way of understanding the construction of childhood in America, from the colonial period through the twentieth century.

Rhodes and Beyond

After a childhood spent in rural Ohio and early adult years in various small towns in Arkansas, I find Memphis an exciting place to live and work. My husband and I enjoy live theatre, the symphony, blues, river walks, and the many evening lectures on the Rhodes campus. We are also inveterate travelers. I am active in a workers’ rights advocacy organization and serve on the Board of Humanities Tennessee, which provides grants and advice to local historical and community heritage organizations.


Ph.D., University of Memphis, 1991
M.S.E., University of Central Arkansas, 1968
B.A., University of Michigan, 1966


History 105 – Introductory Seminar: Reformers and Utopias in Antebellum America
History 105 – Introductory Seminar: Voices of the American Revolution
History 231 – North America in the Colonial and Revolutionary Eras
History 244 – History of Childhoods in America
History 249 – History of Poverty in America
History 300 – The Historian’s Craft: Methods and Approaches in the Study of History
History 349 – Black and White Women in the South
History 432 – Colonial North America
History 434 – Early American Republic, 1789-1845
Humanities 101 – The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion
Humanities 102 – The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion