Dr Mary Murray

Mary Murray is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Massey University where she coordinates the paper Animals and Society. Educated in the UK (BA Warwick University and PhD Glasgow University), before coming to Aotearoa New Zealand Mary taught at universities in Scotland, England and Ireland.

Mary's research and publication interests have been wide ranging, spanning gender, historical sociology, social theory, death and dying, emotion, myth, dreams, and, in recent years the relationship between humans and other animals.

Her publications include The Law of the Father? (Routledge 1995), as well as articles and book chapters about gender and history, myth, and death and dying. Current writing projects include a book for Palgrave about death and dying and articles about near death experiences. Recent publications about the relationship between humans and other animals/death and dying have focused on xenotransplantation and fears about zoonosis:

  • Xenotransplantation and the Post Human Future. In Organ and Tissue Donation: An evidence base for practice. Eds Dr. Magi Sque & Dr Sheila Payne. Open University Press, 2007.
  • Lazarus, Animality and Liminality. Mortality, February 2006.
  • Beasts, Boundaries, Zoonosis and Monstrosity. International Journal of Humanities 2004.