Vermont Arts Council

Brian Michael Murphy

Brian Michael Murphy is a media archaeologist and writer whose work cuts across disciplines and genres. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies at Williams College, and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

His book We the Dead: Preserving Data at the End of the World (University of North Carolina Press, 2022), explores Americans’ obsession with preserving increasingly vast amounts of data in all formats, from paper to microfilm, to digital files and information written in synthetic DNA. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Kenyon Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, Narrative, and in Italian translation in Ácoma, among other places. He is a former Director of the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, where he taught for several summers, and is a founding board member at Outpost—a residency in Shaftsbury for writers of color from the United States and Latin America.

He previously taught at Bennington College, where he also served as Dean of the College, and at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” as a Fulbright Scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University, where he was a Presidential Fellow.

Brian is excited to contribute to the transformative work of the Vermont Arts Council. “The creative energy and natural beauty of Vermont make it a very special place. I’m honored to be able to do what I can to support and grow the ecosystem of Vermont artists, whose work and ideas will be vital to the flourishing of this state in the coming decades.”


Catherine Crawley January 19, 2024