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Lacy Murphy holds a BA in French from Truman State University and an MA in Art History from Washington University in Saint Louis (WashU) where she is currently pursuing her PhD. Her primary scholarly interest is the colonial histories of France and North Africa and how those histories inform the political and cultural currents that traverse the region today. Lacy is currently writing her dissertation which will be the first to address the deterioration and conclusion of French hegemony in Algeria through the examination of visual culture, a field of inquiry that encompasses reproductive and ephemeral media such as posters, advertisements, photography, postcards, film, graffiti, and political iconography.

Lacy is the current Mark S. Weil and Joan M. Hall Professional Development Fellow. She is conducting her fellowship at the Saint Louis Art Museum in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art where she is researching the museum’s collection of late eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-century textiles from North Africa.