Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 4th Braunstein Hall
Dr. Murphy is a cultural anthropologist and political ecologist whose research explores the interwoven relationships between humans and their environments, focusing, in particular, on the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of human response to environmental change. Both in his research and as an educator, Dr. Murphy is deeply committed to the application of anthropological perspectives in the development of theoretically sound yet practical solutions to a range of human problems including rural poverty, environmental degradation, and adaptation to climate change. His current research is embedded in two, long-term programmatic interests: 1) ethnographic research on disaster and rural social change among mobile pastoralists in Mongolia and 2) applied research on climate change adaptation in the United States.
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Theoretical interests: Environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, political ecology, and science and technology studies
Topical interests: Economic development, environmental governance, pastoralism, disasters and risk, climate change, applied anthropology
Regional Interests: Mongolia, Inner Asia, and western US