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Dr. William J. Murphy

Contact Dr. William J. Murphy 610-529-6494 @wjmurphy2

Dr. William J. Murphy is an Associate Professor of Social Science at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and a policy advisor to The Center for Constitutional Reform at The Heartland Institute.

Dr. Murphy is an advocate for rule of law, political reform, market economics, and good government with several advocacy organizations. He has led or co-led several successful high-profile advocacy campaigns to oppose unlawful deficit spending, block legislation to establish binding arbitration for public sector contract disputes, fight abusive public sector collective bargaining practices, prevent reversal of state pension system reforms, stop voter fraud, and crack down on irregular canvassing authority operations.  He has advocated for these causes on behalf of the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition, the RI Taxpayers advocacy group, and the East Providence Taxpayers Association.

Dr. Murphy has testified at dozens of legislative and executive branch hearings and conducted numerous television, radio, and print media interviews in support of these causes.  Most recently, he has submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. State Department arguing against continuing  the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in its current form in FY 2017 and beyond because of inappropriate secrecy, administrative irregularities, corruption, and unacceptable terrorism risk.

Dr. Murphy’s current research interests include civil judicial options for enforcing congressional subpoenas against federal officials, the legality of federal refugee resettlement operations and the status of states’ rights with respect to refugee placement, and the role of the Medicare Anti-Kickback Provision Safe Harbor passed by Congress in 1987 in provoking a surge in anti-competitive practices in the hospital supply chain sector that have caused shortages of crucial life-saving generic drugs and other medical products.  

He is also a participant in the Heritage Action for America Sentinel Program, a District Captain for the Convention of States Project, and a member of Physicians Against Drug Shortages, an advocacy organization dedicated to achieving repeal of the 1987 Medicare Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor Provision.  

Dr. Murphy holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an A.B. in Government from Harvard College. He is also a veteran of enlisted and officer service in the armor branch of the United States Army, including assignments as a tank platoon leader and battalion staff officer with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.

Recent Articles and Publications

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January 8, 2020
By Dr. William J. Murphy
The McGahn case again illustrates how civil enforcement actions are plagued by prolonged litigation and procedural delays that render them unsuitable for achieving prompt and effective oversight actions.
September 18, 2018
By Dr. William J. Murphy
The U.S. House should invoke a revised version of its historical inherent contempt enforcement power to address the refusal of DOJ officials to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking information.
April 4, 2018
By Dr. William J. Murphy
The kickback scheme created by the "safe harbor" is directly responsible for drug shortages and price hikes because it has destroyed the economic incentive to produce many critical life-saving medicines.
December 14, 2017
By Dr. William J. Murphy
New efforts to repeal the Jones Act could put national security in jeopardy.

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