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.