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Patrick  Murphy

Patrick Murphy


Patrick Murphy, Professor in the Department of Politics, is on leave for the 2013-14 academic year. He currently is a Senior Fellow and Director of Research at the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan think tank. Murphy received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master's of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas-Austin. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. His professional experience prior to coming to USF includes teaching as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Murphy also has worked for the RAND Corporation and at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. From 2004 to 2009, Murphy served as the Director of USF's McCarthy Center for Public Service.

Professor Murphy teaches in the areas of public administration, public policy and American politics. His research focuses on public management and public policy issue, and he has co-authored several reports and articles on the problems of illicit drug use, the management of drug policy, and the economics of drug selling. In recent years, Murphy's research has focused on education policy. He has collaborated with the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington on the role of state education agencies in improving student outcomes. He also has co-authored a report on the cost of implementing the Common Core State Standards, sponsored by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and work on higher education financing with the Public Policy Institute of California. Professor Murphy's other academic interests include budget and tax policy and African politics.

Administrative Appointments

Department Chair, Politics