Profile: Mary Murphree

Senior Research Analyst


From 1985 until March 1, 2005, Dr. Mary Murphree served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor, Region 2 Women's Bureau. Following her retirement from government, Dr. Murphree became a Senior Advisor at the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

Dr. Murphree now serves as a Senior Research Analyst at the Education and Employment Research Center.  Here she works with a project funded by the Lumina Foundation aimed at encouraging college completion for adults through state workforce training systems.  In addition to education and training, Dr. Murphree has expertise in technology and education; low-wage labor issues, especially the policy challenges of "contingent work" (part-time, temporary and independent contracting) and the equal opportunity challenges faced nationally by women and minority workers.

Dr. Murphree earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University. Her dissertation analyzed the caste system and changing role of legal secretaries in Wall Street law firms resulting from the introduction of information technology into the workplace. Prior to joining the federal government, Dr. Murphree was a visiting professor at Queens College, City University of New York. She also held a post-doctoral fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center in a program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health on The Economics and Sociology of Women and Work.

Dr. Murphree serves as a Commissioner on the NYC Mayor's Commission for Women's Issues, (2006-present); and since 2005 on the boards of the Women's City Club of New York, and Wider Opportunities for Women, WOW, a national employment and training advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. 

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