Billie Murray, Ph.D

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Billie Murray, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Department of Communication
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Rhetoric and Social Justice
  • Rhetoric of Protest Movements
  • Community Responses to Hate Speech
  • Civic Engagement


A rhetorical activist scholar, Dr. Murray’s research explores the timely territory of community responses to hate speech. In conducting her research she observes, and can speak about, protest movements at street level. Dr. Murray can also address issues and events related to rhetoric and social justice, rhetoric and democracy and civic engagement.


  • Ph.D.              University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • M.A.                University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • B.A.                College of Charleston 

Selected Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Villanova University
  • Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Selected Research Publications

  • Murray, Billie, "Who Are We, Where Are We, and What Can We Do: The ‘Place’ of Localized Activism in the Global
  • Extraordinary Rendition and Torture Program.” Western Journal of Communication (2017). doi:10.1080/10570314.2017.1320808 
  • Murray, Billie, “The Sphere, the Screen and the Square: ‘Locating’ Occupy in the Public Sphere.” Communication Theory (2016). doi: 10.1111/comt.12101
  • Murray, Billie, “Words that Wound, Bodies that Shield: Corporeal Responses to Westboro Baptist Church’s Hate Speech.” First Amendment Studies (2016). doi: 10.1080/21689725.2016.1189345
  • Murray, Billie; Fixmer-Oraiz, Natalie, “From Community Service to Democratic Education: Making (Class) Room for Communication Activism.” Teaching Communication Activism: Communication Education for Social Justice, Hampton Press, 2014.
  • Murray, Billie, “For What Noble Cause: Cindy Sheehan and the Politics of Grief in Public Spheres of Argument,” Argumentation and Advocacy, 49.1, 2012.


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