Laura Murphy




Laura Murphy, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Global Health Systems and Development
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-2681
Fax: (504) 988-3653 



Research Interests:

Social impacts of AIDS; technology and society; population-environmental-development


Educational Background:

  • BS, Stanford University, California
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Achievements:

  • 1993-8 Pre-doctoral Trainee, Carolina Population Center
  • 1994 Tinker Foundation pre-dissertation fieldwork grant
  • 1994-present Population Association of America (PAA) 2006 Promise in Research, Tulane SPHTM
  • 1995 Mellon Foundation grant for pre-dissertation fieldwork
  • 1995-present Member, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ASCP)
  • 1996-7 Foreign Language and Area Study Fellowship
  • 1996-present Member, Section leader, Latin American Studies Association (LASA),
  • 2001-present Executive Committee, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane
  • 2002 Grantee, Tulane Innovative Learning Center Faculty Teaching Support
  • 2002-present Member, Association of Applied Anthropology
  • 2003 Member, American Association of Geographers (AAG),
  • 2004 Teaching Award, Graduate Latin American Student Association, Tulane University
  • 2005 Tablet PC for Innovations in Teaching, Innovative Learning Center, Tulane University
  • 2008 Recipient of "President's Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional School Teaching," Tulane University
  • Nominee, ASPH/Pfizer award for excellence in teaching in school of public health
  • 2008 Recipient of Tulane SPHTM Dean's "Teaching Scholar" Award


Murphy, Laura. 2008. "AIDS and Kitchen Gardens: Insights from a Village in Western Kenya." Journal of Population and Environment. Special Issue: HIV/AIDS and the Environment. Volume 29, Numbers 3-5, 2008

Murphy, Laura, Paul Harvey and Eva Silvestre. 2005. "How do we know what we know about AIDS impacts in rural Africa: evidence from field studies" Human Organization. Vol 64, No 3 2005 pp 265-275

Pichón, Francisco, Catherine Marquette, Laura Murphy and Richard Bilsborrow. 2002. "Choice and Constraint in the Making of the Amazon Frontier: Settler Land Use Decisions and Environmental Change in Ecuador."  In Wood (et al eds.) Land Use and Deforestation in the Amazon. Gainesville: University of Florida. (Chapters were peer-reviewed for inclusion)

Murphy, Laura. 2001.  "Colonist Farm Income, Cattle, Off-farm Work and Differentiation in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon," Human Organization, Spring 2001.

Laurian, Lucie, Richard Bilsborrow and Laura Murphy. 1998.  "Migration Decisions Among Settler Families in the Ecuadorian Amazon: the Second Generation," in Research in Rural Sociology and Development: Focus on Migration. Vol. 7 (Summer, 1998): 169-196.

Murphy, Laura, Richard Bilsborrow and Francisco Pichón.  "Poverty and Prosperity among Migrant Settlers in the Amazon Rainforest Frontier of Ecuador," Journal of Development Studies. Vol. 34 (December, 1997), No. 2, pp. 35-65.

Thapa, Keshari, Richard Bilsborrow and Laura Murphy. 1996. "Deforestation, Land Use and Women's Agricultural Activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon." World Development. Vol. 24 (1996), No. 8, pp. 1317-1332.   


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