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Arthur D. Murphy

Arthur MurphyProfessor
Social and Economic Anthropology
Ph.D., Temple University
Email: admurphy@uncg.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Mexico, Central and South  America
  • Household adaptation
  • Culture and Disaster
  • Economic development and adaptation
  • Social Networks
  • Methods

Courses Taught

  • ATY 333: Peoples and cultures of Latin America
  • ATY 361: Statistics for Anthropology
  • ATY 377: Disaster, Self and Culture
  • ATY 520: Economic Anthropology
  • ATY 595:  Contemporary Issues in Anthropology

Personal Statement

As a socio-cultural economic anthropologist I am broadly interested in how households adapt to changing economic context.  My primary field site is Mexico with additional work among Mexican immigrant households in the United States.  I have also carried out field work in Bolivia and Ecuador.  Most recently I have carried out research on how households and individuals within households react to and adjust to extreme events such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.  My focus is on how social networks interact with culture to guide the recovery process.  I am currently involved in a research project to study long term grief and the meaning of recovery among parents and caretakers of children killed and injured in a fire that destroyed a day care center in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.  I am also interested in the relationship between theory and method in soci-cultural Anthropology.


  • Jones, EC and Murphy, AD (eds). The Political Economy of Hazards and Disasters. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press (2009).
  • Murphy, AD, Stepick, A, Morris, EW, & Winter M, La Cabeza de Jano: La Desigualdad  Social En Oaxaca. Oaxaca, Mexico: Instituto Estatal de Educación Pública de Oaxaca. 2002
  • Murphy, AD, Blanchard, CB, & Hill, JA (eds.). Latino Workers in the Contemporary South. Athens: University of Georgia Press. 2001
  • Selby, HA, Murphy, AD, Lorenzen, SA, Cabrera, I, Castañeda, A & Ruíz L, I. La Familia en el México Urbano: mecanismos de defensa a la crisis (1978-1992). México, DF: Consejo Nacional Para la Cultura y las Artes. 1994
  • Selby, HA, Murphy, AD, & Lorenze, SA, The Mexican Urban Household: Organizing for Self-Defense. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press. 1991
  • Murphy, AD & Stepick, A. Social Inequality in Oaxaca: A History of Resistance and Change. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1991
  • Selby, HA, Murphy, AD & Lorenzen SA. The Mexican Urban Household: Organizing for Self Defense. Austin: The University of Texas Press. 1990


  • Jones, EC, Fass, AJ, Murphy, AD, Tobin, GA, Whiteford, LM, and McCarty, C. Cross-Cultural site-Based Influences on Demographic, Well-being, and Social Network Predictors of Risk Perception in Hazard and disaster Settings in Ecuador and Mexico. Human Nature 40(1), 5-32 (2013)
  • Jones, EC, Gupta, SN, and Murphy, AD. Inequality, Social Support and Post-Disaster Mental Health in Mexico. Human Organization 70(1), 33-43, 2011.
  • Jones, EC, Murphy, AD, Perilla, Norris, FH, and Pérez-Vargas, I. Data Quality in Multi-sited Cross-Sectional and Panel Studies. Field Methods 2011.
  • Tobin, GA, Whiteford, LM, Jones, EC, Murphy, AD, Garren, SJ and Vindrola Padros, C, The Role of Individual Well-Being in Risk Perception and Evacuation of Chronic vs. Acute Natural Hazards in Mexico.  Applied Geography 700-711, 2011.
  • Baker, CK, Norrs, FH, Jones, EC and Murphy AD Childhood trauma and adulthood physical health in Mexico.  Journal of Behaviorla Medicine, 32, 255-269, 2009.
  • Tobin, GA, Whiteford, LM, Jones, EC, and Murphy, AD. Chronic Hazard: Weighing Risk against the Effects of Emergency Evacuation from Popocatépetl, México. Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conference, 2007.

Current Projects

My current project is in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico.  The focus of the project is a study of long term grief and recovery among the parents and caregivers of children injured and killed in a day care center fire.  I am particularly interested in how the social network an individual or household is a member of helps them to give meaning to the event in their lives.  A salient factor in this research is the idea of Justice and how different groups define justice as they develop strategies for moving forward with their lives.  This project is in collaboration with the Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo, Hermosillo, Sonora and is supported by the National Institutes of Mental Health.

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