Patrick Murphy
Patrick Murphy
Departments: Media Studies and Production, Media & Communication
Office: 215-204-3876
Annenberg Hall, Room 205A


Research Areas
Global media, media and the environment, ethnographic method, documentary media, and Latin American media and cultural theory

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 Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. He is the former chair of the Department of Media Studies and Production in the Klein College 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, served as a delegate for the Latin America team of the American Documentary Showcase series, and taught as a visiting professor for the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program.

His research interests include global media, media and the environment, documentary media, 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), winner of International Communication Association, Global Communication and Social Change Division’s Best Book Award, 2018. He is also the co-editor of Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformation in Emerging Democracies (SUNY, 2007) and Global Media Studies (Routledge, 2003), and his work has appeared in Environmental CommunicationCommunication, Culture and CritiqueGlobal Media and Communication; Communication Theory; Popular Communication; Cultural StudiesJournal of International Communication; and Qualitative Inquiry, as well as chapters in many edited books.  In addition to his own work he has translated into English articles by some of Latin America’s most prominent communication scholars. Currently he is working on a book about media activism and environmental transition discourses.





Media and Communication

Ohio University


Communication and Development

Ohio University



Cleveland State University



Murphy, P. (2017). The Media Commons: Globalization and Environmental Discourses. Champaign: University of Illinois Press (Winner:  International Communication Association, Global Communication and Social Change Division’s Best Book Award, 2018)

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,

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Murphy, P. (2021). Speaking for the youth, speaking for the planet: Greta Thunberg and the representational politics of eco-celebrity, Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture

Tinga, T., Murphy, P. & Sessou, E. S. (2020). ICTs, environmental activism and community mobilization in sub-Saharan Africa. In J. Diaz-Pont, P. Maeseele, A. E. Sjolander, M. Mishra & K. Foxwell-Norton (eds.), The local and the digital in environmental communication. IAMCR/Palgrave

Murphy, P. & Tinga, T. M. (2019). Communication for development and social change and the challenge of climate change. International Journal of Communication 13, 1-18

Murphy, P. (2018). Lessons from the zombie apocalypse in global popular culture: An environmental discourse approach to the walking dead. Environmental Communication, 12(1), 44-57

Shaw, A., Sender, K. & Murphy, P. (2018). Critical audience studies. In Oxford research encyclopedia of communication and critical cultural studies. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press. doi:

Murphy, P. & Rodríguez, C. (2018). Voices in the garden: Designing social change at the intersection of green radicalism and participatory media. In B. Takahashi & S. Rosenthal (Eds.), Environmental communication among minority populations (pp. 38-56). London & New York: Routledge

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 (pp. 105-122). 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). Putting the Earth into global media studies, Communication Theory, 21, 217-238 

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. (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. (2002). The anthropologist's son (living and learning the field), Qualitative Inquiry8(3), 246-261

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 Communication4(2), 24-45 

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


Martín-Barbero, J. (2006).  A Latin American perspective on communication/cultural mediation. Global Media and Communication, 2(3), 279-298 (Trans. by E. C. Montaña, P. D. Murphy & C. Rodríguez)

Alfaro, R. M. (2006). Citizens and media cultures: Hidden behind democratic formality, Global Media and Communication, 2(3), 299-313 (Trans. by E. C. Montaña, P. D. Murphy & C. Rodríguez)

Courses Taught

  • Media Ethnography (graduate), 
  • Media and the Environment (undergraduate)
  • Global Media (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Latin American Media (undergraduate)
  • Media, Ecology and Technology (Arcosanti Media Ecology Program)