Kevin C. Murphy
Age: 42. DOB: 12/29/74. Ht/Wt/Eyes/Hair/Etc: Here.
Current Employ: Speechwriter, Ghostwriter, Raconteur.
Current Whereabouts: Check Here.

For the past two decades, I have worked behind the scenes in progressive politics as a speechwriter, ghostwriter, researcher, editor, and advisor. Over that time, I have written for pundits, strategists, historians, Cabinet officials, and Members of Congress, including composing articles for publications such as TIME, Roll Call, Politico, Slate, Salon, CNN, CityLab, The Hill, the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. I currently reside at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where I help save America's historic and treasured places.

In my spare time, I have maintained an online presence since the early days of the web, writing political commentary and film reviews at Ghost in the Machine since 1999. I was once kindly deemed "the elder statesman of history bloggers" by the American Historical Association. And, although I have pretty much nothing to do with its eventual success, I founded the award-winning and hugely popular Leaky Cauldron in 2000, now one of the hubs of Harry Potter fandom on the Internet.

I hold a BA in History from Harvard University, where I was a national championship coxswain. I also hold an MA, M. Phil, and Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. (My dissertation was on the course of progressivism during the Twenties.)

I currently live in Washington, D.C. with my wife Amy and our blind bichon Murf. If not at home or work, I'm likely at the movies. From May 2000 to February 2014, I was lucky to live with a really great sheltie.

If you want a longer version of the same story, the old bio is here. Or, if you prefer to read the newest content, head for Ghost in the Machine.

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