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Patrick Murphy Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Associate ProfessorSchool of Media and CommunicationGraduate Office, Media Studies and Production
Work Room 205A Annenberg Hall Main Campus
Work Phone: 215-204-3876

Biographical Information

Patrick D. Murphy (Ph.D., Ohio University) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. He the former Chair of the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and has served as a frequent visiting professor at the School of Communication and Humanities, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Querétaro, Mexico. Murphy is the recipient of a Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellowship to Mexico, and has served as a delegate of the American Documentary Showcase series administered by the University Film and Video Association and funded in part by the United States Department of State. His teaching interests include global media, critical theory, media and the environment, and documentary media. He has published on the topics of the media and globalization, ethnographic method, and Latin American cultural theory, and also translated into English articles by some of Latin America’s most prominent communication scholars. Murphy co-edited Global Media Studies (Routledge, 2003) and Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformation in Emerging Democracies (SUNY 2007), and his work has appeared in Communication, Culture and Critique; Communication Theory; Cultural Studies; Global Media and Communication; Journal of International Communication; and Qualitative Inquiry. Currently he is working on a book about media, globalization and the environment.



Blankson, I. & Murphy, P. (Eds.) (2007). Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformation in Emerging Democracies. Albany:  SUNY Press

Murphy, P. & Kraidy, M. (Eds.) (2003). Global Media Studies: Ethnographic Perspectives. London: Routledge

Articles & Book Chapters

Murphy, P. (2013). The abbreviated field experience in audience ethnography. In A. N. Valdivia (Gen. Ed.) & R. Parameswaran (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of media studiesVol. 3: Audience and interpretation in media studies. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Murphy, P. (2013). Resuscitating ‘resistance’ in the age of global climate change: Media, culture and environmental discourse in Latin America.  In M. Kraidy (Ed.), Orders and borders: Communication and power in the global era (pp. 150-165). London: Routledge

Murphy, P. (2011). Locating media ethnography. In V. Nightingale (Ed.). Handbook of media audiences (pp. 380-401). New York: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Limited

Murphy, P. (2011). Putting the Earth into global media studies, Communication Theory, 21, 217-238

Maurer, L,. Cheeseboro, A. & Murphy, P. (Winter 2010). Diversity at the Department Level, The Department Chair, 20(3), 7-9.

Murphy, P. (2008).  Writing media culture:  Representation and experience in media ethnography. Communication, Culture & Critique, 1, 267-285

Kraidy, M. & Murphy, P. (2008). Shifting Geertz: Towards a theory of translocalism in global communication studies. Communication Theory, 18, 335-355

Murphy, P. & Rodriguez, C. (2006). Between Macondo and McWorld: Communication and culture studies in Latin America, Global Media and Communication, 2(3), 267-277

Murphy, P. (2005). Fielding the study of reception: Notes on “negotiation” for global media  studies, Popular Communication, 3(3), 167-180

Murphy, P. & Kraidy, M. (2003). International communication, ethnography, and the challenge of globalization, Communication Theory, 13(3): 304-323

Murphy, P. (2003). Without Ideology?: Rethinking hegemony in the age of transnational media.  In L. Artz & Y. Kamalipour, (Eds.), The Globalization of Corporate Media Hegemony (pp. 55-75). SUNY Press

Murphy, P. (2002). The anthropologist’s son (living and learning the field), Qualitative Inquiry, 8(3), 246-261

Lengel, L. & Murphy, P. (2001). Cultural identity and cyberimperialism: Computer mediated explorations of ethnicity, nation and citizenship. In B. Ebo, (Ed.), Cyberimperialism: Global Relations in the New Electronic Frontier (pp. 187-204).  Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers

Murphy, P. (1999). Media cultural studies’ uncomfortable embrace of ethnography, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 23(3), 205-221

Murphy, P. (1999). Doing audience ethnography: A narrative account of establishing ethnographic identity and locating interpretive communities in field work,  Qualitative Inquiry, 5(4), 479-502

Murphy, P. (1997). Contrasting perspectives: Cultural studies in Latin America and the U.S., a conversation with Néstor García Canclini, Cultural Studies, 11(1), 78-88

Rodríguez, C. & Murphy, P. (1997). The study of communication and culture in Latin America: From laggards and the oppressed to resistance and hybrid cultures, The Journal of International Communication, 4(2), 24-45

Murphy, P. (1995). Television and cultural politics in Mexico: Some notes on Televisa, the state and transnational culture, Howard Journal of Communication, VI(4), 250-261

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