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Stanford University. Ph.D., Modern British History. 2020 (expected).

University of Cambridge. M.Phil., Modern European History, First Class. 2013.

Yale University. B.A., History, with Distinction in the Major. 2012.


Book Chapters

Temple, Murphy, and Astrid Smith. “Spiritual Afterlives.” In A Gallery Guide to The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford / A Mark Dion Project. Stanford, CA: Cantor Arts Center, 2019. (Forthcoming.)

Temple, Murphy. “The Spirit of Scholarship: Thomas Welton Stanford and Apport Spiritualism.” In Faults and Traces: Some Stanford Ghost Stories, edited by Anne Ray, with an introduction by Alexander Nemerov, pp. 38–45. Stanford, CA: Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, 2016.

Temple, Murphy. “Comrades in Distress: The Ruhleben Internment Camp, 1914–18.” In Glimpses: British Visions of War & Peace, edited by Crystal Lee, with an introduction by Peter Stansky, pp. 30–63. Exhibition booklet published in conjunction with an exhibit at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University, 2016.

Digital History Projects

Temple, Murphy. “This Vigilant Bronze: Commemorating the First World War & Revolution in Ireland.” March 2016.

News Coverage

Skidmore, Wendy. “ ‘Seances and Ouija Boards: British Spiritualists and the First World War,’ Murphy Temple receives 2018 Yalom Prize.” Gender News. 9 August 2018.

McMullan, Thomas. “Battlefield 1 and the problems of making a game out of World War I.” Alphr. 11 May 2016.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Consultant, Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning. Observe, train, and provide feedback to other graduate student instructors from all disciplines. Run workshop on “Leading Discussions in the Humanities” at quarterly TA orientation. Collaborate with full-time CTL employees to develop a Graduate Consultant Manual. Served as graduate student interviewer during the CTL’s search for an Associate Director of Graduate Teaching Programs. Sept. 2018–Present

Instructor of Record, Séances and Spirits: Science and the Occult During the Long 19th Century. Stanford University. Spring 2019.

Teaching Assistant, Modern Britain & The British Empire. Professor Priya Satia, Stanford University. Winter 2017.

Teaching Assistant, History of South Africa. Professor Jim Campbell, Stanford University. Fall 2016 & Fall 2015.

Teaching Assistant, 19th-Century American History. Professor Jim Campbell, Stanford University. Winter 2016.

Instructor, Great Issues & Controversies of the Modern World. Phillips Academy Andover Summer Session. Summer 2014.

Instructor, The United States. Phillips Academy Andover. Spring 2014 & Fall 2013.

Instructor, World History 1000-1550. Phillips Academy Andover. Fall 2013–Spring 2014.

Instructor, The Creation of an Atlantic World, 1450-1750. Phillips Academy Andover. Winter 2014.

Instructor, The Rise & Fall of the British Empire. Oxbridge Academic Programs. Summer 2013.

Awards & Distinctions

Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship, Stanford University. Chosen as one of 13 PhD students whose research, teaching, and service to Stanford demonstrate the potential for academic leadership. 2019–2020.

Clayman Institute Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford University (declined). 2019–2020.

Herbert Hymans Fellowship, Stanford University. 2014–2019.

Graduate Research Opportunities Fund for Research on Modern British History and Culture, Stanford University. May 2018.

Marilyn Yalom Prize, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University. May 2018.

Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies Graduate Prize. March 2018.

Anglo-California/Stansky Graduate Studies Travel Grant, Stanford University. February 2017.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar. 2012–2013.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholar. 2008–2012.

Student Marshal, Davenport College, Yale University. May 2012.

Seymour Lustman Prize, Yale University. May 2012.

Conference Papers & Presentations

“Spirited Women: Clairvoyance and Female Agency in the First World War.” Paper presented as part of the “Religion, Transnationalism and Gender” panel, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, University of California Merced. 22–24 March 2019.

“Commemorating World War I and Revolution in Ireland.” Paper presented as part of the “Commemoration and Counter-Narrative” panel, American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas, Kansas City, MO. 1 April 2017.

“Spiritualism, the Body, and Good Death During the First World War.” Paper presented as part of the “Edwardian Crises of Authority: Elite and Working Class” panel, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, CAN. 4 March 2017.

“Commemorating the First World War and Revolution in Ireland.” Paper presented as part of the “Cultures of Commemoration” panel, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. 1 April 2016.

Curatorial Work

"Glimpses: British Visions of War and Peace." Hoover Tower, Hoover Institute, Stanford, CA. June–July 2016.

Professional & Departmental Service

Panelist, “Demystifying Graduate School,” Stanford University. Addressed the experiences of low-income and first-generation grad students. April 2019.

Panelist, TA Orientation Opening Panel, Stanford University. March 2019.

Panelist, “Surviving the Orals Exam,” Stanford University Department of History. February 2019.

Panelist, “Grad Student Q&A,” Admit Day, Stanford University Department of History. March 2018.

Graduate Coordinator, Stanford-Berkeley British Studies Reading Group. 2014–2015.

Additional Experience

Evaluations Editor, Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. August–September 2018.

Application Reviewer, Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. 2016–18.