Patrick Murphy
Patrick Murphy
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
Departments: Dean's Office, Globalization and Development Communication, Graduate Office, Media & Communication
Office: 215-204-3876
Annenberg Hall, Room 205A


Patrick D. Murphy (Ph.D., Ohio University) is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production in the School of Media and Communication (SMC) at Temple University.  He is the former chair of the Department of Media Studies and Production in SMC and former chair of the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Murphy has served as a visiting professor in the School of Communication and Humanities, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Querétaro, Mexico. Additionally, he was a Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellow in Mexico, 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 U.S. Department of State, and has taught as a visiting professor for the University or Virginia’s Semester at Sea program.

His teaching and research interests include global media, media and the environment, documentary media, media and social justice, ethnographic method, and Latin American media and cultural theory.  Murphy is author of The Media Commons: Globalization and Environmental Discourses (University of Illinois Press, 2017), a book that explores how global media systems shape a contradictory environmental consciousness by paradoxically promoting the unsustainable consumption ravaging our planet at the same time that it offers more progressive discourses of ecological intervention and redemption.  Murphy is also co-editor of Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformation in Emerging Democracies (SUNY 2007) and Global Media Studies (Routledge, 2003), and his work has appeared in Communication, Culture and Critique; Communication Theory; Popular Communication; Cultural Studies; Global Media and Communication; Journal of International Communication; and Qualitative Inquiry as well as chapters in many edited books.  He has also translated into English articles by some of Latin America’s most prominent communication scholars.



Murphy, P. (2017). The Media Commons: Globalization and Environmental Discourses. Champaign: University of Illinois Press

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

Guest Editor of Special Issue Journals

Murphy, P. (Guest Editor) (2015). Media, human rights and social justice, Popular

Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture 13(2)

Murphy, P. & Rodriguez, C. (Guest Editors) (2006). Communication and culture in Latin  America, Global Media and Communication, 2(3)

Murphy, P. (Guest Editor) (2002, Fall). Global Media Journal, electronic publication

Articles and Book Chapters

Murphy, P. (2015). Voice, visibility, and recognition: Vertical and horizontal trajectories of human rights and social justice media. Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture. 13(2): 101–104

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