Ann V. Murphy

Department Chair

Photo: Ann V Murphy

Office: Humanities 547
Hours: Tuesday 10 to 12pm and Wednesday 10 to 11am

  • B.A. (Grinnell College, '96)
  • Ph.D. (University of Memphis, '02)

Research Interests:

My main areas of research are phenomenology and social and political philosophy, particularly theories of violence and nonviolence. My research focuses on questions of embodiment, vulnerability, and identity. I am the author of Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary (SUNY 2012) and have published essays in various journals including Hypatia, Continental Philosophy Review, Journal for the British Society of Phenomenology, and philoSOPHIA. With Gail Weiss and Gayle Salamon, I co-edited 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology (Northwestern 2020). I am currently at work on two research projects.  The first, Interworlds: Phenomenology and Care, explores ethical issues in caregiving through the lens of phenomenology.  The second, Ethics of Hunger: Corporeal Vulnerability and Structural Violence, explores a critical phenomenology of hunger alongside accounts of responsibility and vulnerability in 20th and 21st century Continental philosophy. 

At UNM, I teach classes on ethics, bioethics, political philosophy, philosophy of gender, and contemporary continental thought. Examples of recent graduate seminars include Critical Phenomenology and Philosophies of Violence and Nonviolence. Additionally, I teach medical ethics in the UNM Combined BA/MD program and have participated as faculty in the Certificate Program in Clinical Ethics at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

Recent Publications:

‘’The will to live and the meaning of life’: Hunger as vulnerability in French existential phenomenology.” Journal for the British Society for Phenomenology. 2018.

“Merleau-Ponty and the Innocence of Ontology.” Chiasmi International: International Trilingual Studies Concerning the Thought of Merleau-Ponty. No. 19. 2017.


“Corporeal Vulnerability and the New Humanism.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Special Issue on the Ethics of Embodiment. Eds. Debra Bergoffen and Gail Weiss. Volume 26, No.3. 2011.

“’Violence is Not an Evil:’ Ambiguity and Violence in Simone de Beauvoir’s Early Philosophical Writings.” philoSOPHIA: a journal of continental feminism. Volume 1, no.1. 2010.