Alumni (National Fellow)

A.J. Murphy

Louis Galambos National Fellow at Hagley Library
Anaheim, CA
B.A. Harvard University (2012)
M.A. Columbia University in the City of New York (2014)
M.Phil. Columbia University in the City of New York (2015)
Ph.D. Columbia University in the City of New York (2019)
Dream Mentor:
James Sparrow
University of Chicago
Fields of Interest:
National Security Policy
The Military


A.J. Murphy is a visiting assistant professor of history, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Brandeis University. Murphy received their doctorate in history from Columbia University in October 2019. AJ’s research focuses on twentieth-century U.S. political economy, the history of social science, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Murphy received their B.A. in social studies from Harvard University and an M.A. and M.Phil. from Columbia University. Their research has been supported by the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the Hagley Museum and Library, Harvard Business School, the Hoover Institution, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation. A.J is the 2018-19 recipient of the Louis Galambos National Fellowship in Business and Politics.

Thesis Description:

Corporatizing Defense: Management Expertise and the Transformation of the Cold War U.S. Military
This dissertation recounts how defense leaders patterned the administration of the military on business enterprise, setting up controls and incentives designed to simulate market forces within the postwar defense bureaucracy. By incorporating techniques emblematic of industrial capitalism - from time and motion studies to professional business education - defense leaders reorganized the military’s internal operations in order to emulate the presumed efficiency of the profit-seeking firm.

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