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For Immediate Release: July 16, 2012


Providence College Professor’s Book on Life Insurance Wins National Award


Providence, R.I. – A book on the history of life insurance in the antebellum era by Dr. Sharon Ann Murphy, associate professor of history at Providence College, has been awarded a prestigious business history prize.

Murphy received the 2012 Hagley Prize from the Business History Conference and the Hagley Museum and Library for her book, Investing in Life: Insurance in Antebellum America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). The award honors the best book in business history published within the past two years.

She described the achievement as the highlight of her career. “I could not believe I had actually won it,” Murphy said. “Some of my very favorite business history books have won this prize.”

Murphy came to PC in 2005, after earning her doctorate from the University of Virginia. She teaches 19th and 20th century American social and business history, as well as in the College’s Department of Western Civilization program.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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