Maureen Murphy is the Joseph L. Dionne Professor of Curriculum and Teaching in the School of Education, Health and Human Services at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York. She was a Fulbright Fellow at University College, Dublin in 1965-66. She joined the faculty of Hofstra University in 1969 where she served as the Hofstra University Dean of Students from 1984-1993 and Interim Dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Services at Hofstra University from 2005-2008. A past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and a past chair of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Murphy was one of the six senior editors of the prize-winning Dictionary of Irish Biography published in nine volumes and on line by the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press in 2009. Murphy directed the New York State Great Irish Curriculum Project (2001) which won the National Conference for the Social Studies Excellence Award in 2002; she was the historian of the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City. She is currently the historian, with John Ridge, of the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary/Watson House Project.
Murphy edited four editions of A Guide to Irish Studies in the United States and Irish Literature: a Reader (1987, rev. ed. 2006) with James MacKillop. She also edited Asenath Nicholson’s Annals of the Famine in Ireland (1998) and Ireland’s Welcome to the Stranger (2002). She edited Annie O’Donnell’s, Your Fondest Annie in 2005. Murphy’s biography of Nicholson titled Compassionate Stranger: Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine is forthcoming. She has written more than 100 articles and reviews and had given more than 300 invited lectures in eighteen countries. A State Department lecturer to Egypt in 1993 and 2000, Murphy has worked with the Irish Studies Program at the University of Sao Paulo since 1991. Murphy lectured regularly at the Yeats International Summer School where she was Deputy Director in 2005-7 and Associate Director in 2009. She was on the faculty of the 2012 School.
Murphy has been the Features Editor of The Irish Literary Supplement since 1982. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Béaloideas and Estudios Irlandeses, on the Selection Board for the Senator George Mitchell Fellowships and on the Boards of the American Irish Historical Society and the Emerald Isle Immigration Center. She has been awarded honorary degrees by the State University of New York at Cortland and by the National University of Ireland.