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Murray Murdoch, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of History and Government


Dr. Murdoch has served at Cedarville University since 1965. In addition to several history courses, he teaches a Social Movements course that covers ethnic and gender issues. He was the men’s tennis coach at Cedarville from 1965 to 1994. He remains active in the tennis community as a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) executive committee and Board of Directors. Dr. Murdoch has also held several interim pastorates in Ohio.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • M.A., Northwestern University
  • B.Th., Baptist Bible Seminary

Scholarly Works

  • Charles Hammond, Egalitarian-Whig: An Analysis of the Political Philosophy of a Federalist-Whig Editor and its Implications Concerning the Traditional Concept of Jacksonian Democracy (J. Murray Murdoch) Faculty Dissertations (1971)
  • Cedarville University: Inspiring Greatness for 125 Years (J. Murray Murdoch and Thomas S. Mach) Faculty Books (2012)
  • Cedarville College: A Century of Commitment (J. Murray Murdoch) (1987)
  • Portrait of Obedience: The Biography of Robert T. Ketcham (J. Murray Murdoch) Faculty Books (1979)
  • Cedarville University: Keeping the Faith (J. Murray Murdoch) History and Government Faculty Publications (2003)
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Favorite Place to Visit: Philadelphia (grandchildren); Daytona Beach, Florida (in the winter)
  • Favorite Hobby: Tennis
  • Why I am at Cedarville: God’s calling to minister to college students