Ph.D., Harvard University; M.A., Harvard University, M.A., Syracuse University; B.A., Louisiana State University
Laura Murphy received her Ph.D. in African and African American Studies at Harvard University in 2008. Her research focuses on African literatures, historical and modern slavery, postcolonial studies, global literatures, and Black Atlantic cultures. She is the lead researcher for Loyola's Moderrn Slavery Research Project. Her first book, Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature (Ohio University Press 2012), examines the coded ways West African writers have memorialized the trauma of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. She is editor of a collection of first-person narratives of modern day slavery entitled Survivors of Slavery (Columbia University Press, forthcoming). Her other publications have appeared in Research in African Literatures, Studies in the Novel, The Journal of the African Literature Association and The Zeleza Post. In addition to her academic work, she is the organizer of the New Orleans Human Trafficking Working Group, National College Chapter Coordinator for Free the Slaves, and the director of the Survivors of Slavery speakers network. She is also the Director of African and African American Studies at Loyola.