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Sharon Ann Murphy


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Contact Information:
Ruane Center for the Humanities 116


Ph.D. - University of Virginia

Area(s) of Expertise:

19th & 20th c. American Social, Economic, and Business History; Financial History; History of Capitalism

Awards and Honors:

Hagley Prize for the Best Book in Business History - Hagley Museum and Library & the Business History Conference
Post-Doctoral Fellow - The Library Company of Philadelphia's Program in Early American Economy and Society
K. Austin Kerr Prize for best first paper by a new scholar - Business History Conference

Selected Publications:

Murphy, Sharon Ann. (2017). Other People's Money: How Banking Worked in the Early American Republic. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Alborn, Timothy. (2013). Anglo-American Life Insurance, 1800-1914. London: Pickering & Chatto.

Murphy, Sharon Ann. (2010). Investing in Life: Insurance in Antebellum America. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Murphy, Sharon Ann. (2008). Selecting Risks in an Anonymous World: The Agency System for Life Insurance in Antebellum America. Business History Review, Harvard Business School.

Murphy, Sharon Ann. (2005). Securing Human Property: Slavery, Life Insurance, and Industrialization in the Upper South. Journal of the Early Republic, University of Pennsylvania Press.

Recent Presentations:

Murphy, Sharon Ann., A Re-Union of Interests Conference, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company, Philadelphia, PA, "A Divergence of Interests: When Banks Fail". October, 2016.

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Histories of Capitalism, 2.0, Cornell University, "Bank Financing of Slavery during the 1840s and 1850s". October, 2016.

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Uncertainty and Risk in America: (Un)Stable Histories from the Late Colonial Period to the Gilded Age, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, "Risky Investments: Banks and Slavery in the Antebellum American South". July, 2016.

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, Hartford, CT, "How to Make a Dead Man: Murder, Suicide, and Insurance Fraud in Nineteenth-Century New England". May, 2016.

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Organization of American Historians, Providence, RI, "Taking the Moral Lead? The Public Expectations of State Banks around the Panic of 1819". April, 2016.

Murphy, Sharon Ann., Business History Conference, Portland, OR, "Banks, Slavery, and the Civil War". April, 2016.

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