Kaitlin M. Murphy is Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Graduate Interdisciplinary Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is also faculty in the Human Rights Practice graduate program and affiliated faculty in the School of Art and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. Murphy became a Faculty Senator in 2020.
Murphy received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies and M.A. in Visual Culture, both from New York University, and works at the intersection of culture and politics with particular interest in the arts, memory and the afterlife of violence, place, and public thought. She is on the Executive Committee of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, where she co-leads the subcommittee on Pedagogy in developing initiatives that intersect digital media, pedagogy, performance and politics. She is also a committee member of the Hemispheric Studies Forum of the Modern Languages Association, and co-chair of the Memory and Trauma working group of the Memory Studies Association. Murphy is the author of (Fordham UP). Her writing can also be found in , and elsewhere.