Kate Murphy is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (where she was a University medallist) and Monash University. Her PhD, which addressed the meanings attached to the city and the country in early twentieth-century public life in Australia, won a 2007 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal.
Her first book, Fears and Fantasies: Modernity, Gender, and the Rural-Urban Divide (Peter Lang, 2010) explored the powerful influence of rurality in shaping Australian culture and modernity more broadly.
Kate is the author (with Professor Graeme Davison) of a history of Monash University entitled University Unlimited: The Monash Story (Allen and Unwin, 2012). The history spans the founding of Monash in the full flush of post-war prosperity, the baby boom and the growing demand for higher education; the student experience and 'troubles' of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when it became a symbolic centre for student radicalism in Australia; and the reforms and expansion from the late 1980s that have transformed Monash into Australia's largest and most international university.
Kate's current research is on the Australian student movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.