Anne Murphy teaches in the Departments of History and Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is founder and Lead of the UBC Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster at UBC (2019-2022). She recently served as Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research in the Institute of Asian Research from July 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, and before that was Co-Director from 2017-2019. She also served as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies from 2018-2020, before returning to her faculty position for her 2021 study leave.
Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on early modern and modern cultural history of South Asia, and specifically the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, with interests in the formation of religious communities in contact, historiography and commemoration in both literary and material forms, and the history of Punjabi language and literature. Her current book project explores Punjabi literary work on both sides of the India/Pakistan border and the political imaginaries that it allows and embodies. She has also conducted research and has ongoing interests in Punjabi Canadian history, with a focus on the history of the Punjabi language in BC and literary representations. Professor Murphy received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and her Master’s degree from the University of Washington. She previously taught in the Religious Studies and Historical Studies Concentrations at The New School in New York City, and has a professional background in pre-collegiate education and museums. She is from New York City.