• Timothy E. Murphy 

    Contact Information
    Office S-129E

    B.A., Indiana University
    M.A., Ph.D., University of California Davis

  • Courses Taught
    • Introduction to Urban Studies
    • The Queer City
    • Crime and the City
    • Urban Anthropology
    • Human Identity and the Urban Environment
    • Discovering the Latin American City
    • Analysis of Urban Systems
    • Urban Youth in American Society
    • Public Policy and Cultural Diversity
    • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
    Dr. Timothy Murphy is a cultural anthropologist with a research focus on underrepresented communities in middle-sized cities of the Global South. Murphy's doctoral research and current book project focus on an community of bohemians living in the Brazilian city of Teresina - a rapidly urbanizing city in Brazil's poorest region. There, he spent more than two years conducting ethnographic research on how this community of women and men negotiates multiple and shifting terrains of belonging in a context of acute socioeconomic and sociocultural transformation. Murphy was also a lead qualitative researcher on the project and co-author of the recently published report, "In Search of Opportunity: Latino Men's Paths to Post-Secondary Education in Urban Massachusetts."
    2018: Queerly Cosmopolitan: Bohemia and Belonging in a Brazilian Middle-of-Nowhere City. New York: Palgrave Pivot.
    2018: A Deeper Dive: Latino Men and Post Secondary Education in Worcester, Massachusetts. Latino Education Institute and Citylab, Worcester State University.
    2016: In Search of Opportunity: Latino Men’s Paths to Post Secondary Education in Urban Massachusetts. Co-authored with Thomas Conroy, MaryJo Marion, and Elizabeth Streten. L.G. Balfour Foundation and The Boston Foundation.
    2013: Book review of Anyone: The Cosmopolitan Subject of Anthropology, by Nigel Rapport. Anthropos, September
    2010: Cosmopolitanism Virtual Issue for Cultural Anthropology. Co-edited with Aalok Khandekar. (, December
    2010: Cyborg Violence: Bursting Borders and Bodies with Queer Machines by Anne Allison. Supplemental Page for Cultural Anthropology (, March
    Honors and Grants
    2019: Provost’s Series on Democracy and Diplomacy Teaching Grant, WSU
    2018: Diversity and Inclusion Award, WSU
    2018: Provost’s Series on Democracy and Diplomacy Teaching Grant, WSU
    2017: Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant, WSU
    2017: WSU/Worcester Art Museum Partnership Planning Grant, WSU
    2016: Mini-Grant, WSU
    2016: Theme Semester Grant, WSU
    2012: Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of California, Davis
    2010: Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, National Science Foundation