The Ohio State University at Newark

Lucy Eldersveld Murphy

Lucy Eldersveld Murphy is Professor of History at the Ohio State University, Newark. Her research focuses on intercultural, interracial, and gender relations on Midwestern American borderlands.


  • Mary Elise Antoine and Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, eds., Frenchtown Chronicles of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin by Albert Coryer, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2016.
  • Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, Great Lakes Creoles: A French-Indian Community on the Northern Borderlands, Prairie du Chien, 1750-1860, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Rebecca Kugel and Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, eds., Native Women’s History in Eastern North America before 1900: A Guide to Research and Writing, University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
  • Lucy Eldersveld Murphy,A Gathering of Rivers; Indians, Métis, and Mining in the Western Great Lakes, 1737-1832, University of Nebraska Press, 2000. Received the Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award, State Historical Society of Iowa.
  • Lucy Eldersveld Murphy and Wendy Hamand Venet, eds., Midwestern Women: Work, Community, and Leadership at the Crossroads, a volume of essays; Indiana University Press, 1997.
  • EDITED DOCUMENT COLLECTION: “Selma Sully Walker and Native Women's Leadership in Ohio, 1975-2011,” edited by Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, in “Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820,” edited by Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin (Alexandria, Virginia: Alexander Street Press, 2017). Digital resource.
Prof. Murphy helped to create Ohio State's American Indian Studies Program and serves on the AIS oversight committee; in addition she helped to create the Ohio State Newark Earthworks Center and is a member of its Faculty Oversight Committee. She has received numerous awards, including the Ohio State University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, The Ohio State University College of Humanities Diversity Enhancement Award, Ohio State Newark Robert A. Barnes Award for Exemplary Teaching, and The Committee on Institutional Cooperation American Indian Studies Faculty Fellowship, Newberry Library, Chicago, among others.

Areas of Expertise

American History
US History to 1877
Women's, Gender and Sexuality History
Native Americans


PhD | MA | History | Northern Illinois University
BA | University of Michigan


The Ohio Academy of History Distinguished Teaching Award