About Dr. Murphy
I am a cultural anthropologist with research interests in the ethnography of Hispanic peoples, religion, psychological anthropology, social anthropology, onomastics, education, and the anthropology of protected landscapes. I received my B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and my M.A., C.Phil. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, all in Anthropology. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Jamaica, Mexico and California, but my major focus of interest is southern Spain.
I have served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, the Editorial Board of Mythosphere and the Board of Trustees of the Centro de Estudios Rocieros (Center for Rocío Studies) of southern Spain. I am currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish journal, Exvoto. In 2001 I was named Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences. From 2003 to 2013 I served as chair of the Anthropology Department and in 2012 I received the inaugural Jim Salem Chair Award. I retired to Professor Emeritus status from the University of Alabama on January 1, 2016.