Julia Murphy

Professor, Department of Anthropology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

I am a Cultural Anthropologist with special interests in Latin America, development discourses and ethnography, environmentalism, women and gender, feminist research - and teaching undergraduate students! I did research for my PhD in southern Mexico on a Canadian development project, the Calakmul Model Forest. This involved participant observation research with development workers, campesinoleaders, and Yucatec Maya campesinas. I am working on developing a new research project on food, environment and protest that would involve research in Mexico and Canada. I speak Spanish, French and a little Yucatec Maya.

I came to Kwantlen from Mount Royal University in Calgary, and before that the University of Calgary. Over the last decade I have taught courses on Latin America, Anthropology of Gender, Globalization, Indigenous Studies, Ethnographic Writing, Anthropological Research Methods, Anthropological Theory, and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. I am very excited to be working with students at Kwantlen now. I see understanding of Cultural Anthropology as essential to living in a globalizing world, and encourage my classes to explore the multicultural worlds we live in.


Country(ies) or Region(s) of Specialization: Mexico  and Canada

Keywords: Development, ethnography, environmentalism, women and gender, feminism