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John Murphy

John Murphy is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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332 Communication Building | MC-456

John Murphy studies the history of American Public Address and political rhetoric. He teaches undergraduate classes on the US presidency and the history of American speeches as well as a graduate classes in American Public Address and conceptual criticism. He's interested in how political languages collide and influence each other over the course of US history. He's written on Alexander Hamilton, John and Robert Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Martin Luther King. Jr. and George W. Bush. He's currently developing an essay on Barack Obama's use of the Exodus narrative and a book project on John Kennedy and the American liberal tradition. He is the winner of the National Communication Society's Golden Anniversary Monograph Award and is a regular contributor to journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.