Institute of Politics

Tom Murphy Case Study

The Institute is in the process of developing a case study on the former Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, Mr. Tom Murphy. This initiative will breathe life into the archival collection of Mayor Murphy, housed at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The case study will examine Mayor Murphy’s qualities of character and leadership and the transformative initiatives and challenges that occurred during his tenure as Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh. Furthermore, the case study will explore the impact and application of the outcomes of the Murphy administration on the current political, social, and economic atmosphere in the greater Pittsburgh region.


About the Author

Dr. Waverly Duck, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, will serve as the primary author for this initiative. Waverly is an urban ethnographer whose primary research examines the social order of neighborhoods and institutional settings. He is thus uniquely qualified to develop this impactful and in-depth sociological publication that will be written to have wide appeal and applicability, while still maintaining the academic depth and neutrality necessary for rigorous discussions on policy and leadership.