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Samantha Murphy

Samantha Murphy

Samantha Murphy

Distinguished Lecturer

407 McClung Tower


Dr. Samantha Murphy is a Distinguished Lecturer in English. Her research interests lie in early modern drama, 16th and 17th century politics, the intersection of literature and science, and composition pedagogy. Dr. Murphy teaches courses in Shakespeare, British literature and culture, drama, and writing. She is also a member of UTK’s Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and teaches courses for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Interdisciplinary Program. Dr. Murphy’s interests in composition pedagogy and curricular design have allowed her to participate in the development of two of UTK’s first-year composition courses: English 298 (Honors Writing and Research) and English 112 (Advanced Writing and Research).


  • Ph.D. in English Literature, The George Washington University
  • M.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
  • B.A. in English Literature, Wellesley College

Regularly Taught Courses

  • English 201: British Literature I
  • English 206: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • English 207: Honors: British Literature I
  • English 298: Honors Writing and Research