Ph.D., M.A., University of Cincinnati; B.S., College of Mount St. Joseph


Dr. Murray is a professor in the Department of Biology and teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, gross anatomy, and forensic science.  She is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph who went on to obtain her master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati, focusing on skeletal biology and forensic anthropology.  Dr. Murray is one of only approximately 60 board-certified forensic anthropologists in North America and has assisted in both forensic and historic skeletal investigations on the local, regional, national, and international levels since 1986.

Among her varied publications, Dr. Murray’s 2010 book, Death: Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters, was selected as one of the “Top 10 Summer Reads” for students by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Her 2012 release, Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death, was chosen by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) as one of their “Outstanding Science Trade Books K-12: 2013”.  The Teaching Company released Dr. Murray’s 36-lecture DVD set in 2012, Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works, as part of their “Great Courses” Series.