Department Chair

Paul Murray

Dr. Paul Murray, Ph.D. 
Professor of Sociology
murray@siena.edu
Office Location: Rosetti Hall 328
Office Phone Number: 518-783-2305 

Paul Murray received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1972.  He joined the Siena College Sociology Department in 1972 with responsibility for teaching Research Methods and Statistics.  His primary research interest is the modern Civil Rights Movement.  He has published The Civil Rights Movement: References and Resources (1993), articles in Social Problems, Journal of Black Studies, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Humanity and Society, Delaware History, and Mississippi Journal of History, and entries in reference works including African American National Biography.  He also has produced a documentary film, “Return to Mississippi.”  His current research focuses on the involvement of Roman Catholics in the Civil Rights Movement.

Paul has developed a number of courses including The Civil Rights Movement, Making Sense of the Sixties, Legacies of Vietnam, and The Meanings of Patriotism.  In May 2011 he led a dozen high school and college students to Alabama and Mississippi where they retraced the route of the Freedom Riders.  Many of his students have presented papers and posters at professional meeting based on the research they did under his supervision.  In 2004 he received the Jerome Walton Award for teaching excellence. 

He has been president of the New York State Sociological Association in 2003 and 2011.  In 1989 Paul was elected to a five year term on the Board of Education for the Albany City School District.  He currently serves on the boards of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital District and the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series. He has also been president of the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club.  In his spare time he competes in triathlons, cross country skiing, and long distance runs.  He and his wife Suzanne live in Albany.