Shanay Murdock is originally from northern Illinois, where she split her time equally, growing up in the NW suburbs of Chicago and then in the Rockford, IL area. She earned her AA from Rock Valley College and then her BA in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University as an Honors student, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to genocide studies. During her studies at NIU, she earned multiple awards for her contributions to the international education of other students, completed three minors as a way to enhance her studies from an interdisciplinary approach, and completed two study abroad programs to the Netherlands to study international law and transitional justice practices. In addition to her academic focus on genocide studies, Shanay was an intern-turned-student worker with NIU’s Pick Museum of Anthropology and led the museum’s Student Board, finding ways to increase the museum’s engagement with the student and community populations.
Following her time at NIU, Shanay moved to Madison, WI while spending a year living in the Netherlands, completing coursework at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) for an MA in History of Holocaust and Genocide Studies in partnership with the Netherlands Institute of War Documentation (NIOD) and Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). She is working on finishing her thesis at this time. Simultaneously, Shanay is completing a BSc in Web Design & Development through Full Sail University with an interest in learning how to merge web technology and education.
Now coming from Tallahassee, FL, Shanay is excited to be joining the Honors staff as an Academic Advisor and helping students get the most out of their time at MU.
In her free time, Shanay loves traveling, quoting The Office too much, working out, and is a huge advocate of fitness and meditation as forms of self-care.