Dr. William J. Murphy
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.