James H. Murphy is a leading scholar of nineteenth-century Ireland. Author or editor of fourteen books, he writes about the long century (1791-1922), though his work focuses on the Victorian period (1837-1901). He is a multidisciplinary scholar and has published widely on issues of gender and sexuality, education and religion and the history of the book. His principal areas of research, however, are the political history and the history of fiction of the century. They are united by an attempt to read nineteenth-century Ireland in terms closer to those that people at the time might have recognised rather than through the lenses of later perspectives, such as twentieth-century nationalism, revisionism or postcolonialism.

James H. Murphy, Ph.D., D.Litt., F.R.Hist.S., is Professor of English and a former director of Irish Studies at DePaul University, Chicago. His teaching interests lie in the literature of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain and Ireland, and he has also taught Irish history. Professor Murphy's service at DePaul has included involvement in areas such as personnel, curriculum development, and the promotion of academic research. He was educated at universities in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Before coming to DePaul he was head of the Department of English and director of post-graduate research at All Hallows College (Dublin City University). He has also been a visiting fellow at Greyfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He is a former president of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.