Dr. Murphy’s research uses ethnographic methods to examine how poverty and inequality are experienced, structured, and reproduced across and within multiple domains of social life including neighborhoods, social networks, organizations, and the state. Current research projects examine the new suburban poverty as well as the causes and consequences of transportation insecurity.
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad, Jerolmack, Colin . 2019. The Ethical Dilemmas and Social Scientific Trade-offs of Masking in Ethnography. Sociological Methods & Research :0049124117701483.
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad, Gould-Werth, Alix M., Griffin, Jamie. 2018. Developing a New Measure of Transportation Insecurity: An Exploratory Factor Analysis. Survey Practice 11(2)
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad, Duneier, Mitchell , Kasinitz, Philip . 2014. The Urban Ethnography Reader.
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad. 2012. "Litterers": How Objects of Physical Disorder Are Used to Construct Subjects of Social Disorder in a Suburb. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 642(1):210-227.
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad. 2010. The Symbolic Dilemmas of Suburban Poverty: Challenges and Opportunities Posed by Variations in the Contours of Suburban Poverty. Sociological Forum 25(3):541-569.
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad, Wallace, Danielle . 2010. Opportunities for Making Ends Meet and Upward Mobility: Differences in Organizational Deprivation Across Urban and Suburban Poor Neighborhoods. Social Science Quarterly 91(5):1164-1186.
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad, Newman, Katherine . 2009. Children and Work. The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad. 2007. The Suburban Ghetto: The Legacy of Herbert Gans on our Understanding of the Transformation of Urban Poverty. City and Community 6(1):21-37.
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad, Venkatesh, Sudhir . 2006. Policing Ourselves: Law and Order in the American Ghetto. Youth, Globalization, and the Law :124-157.
- Murphy, Alexandra Kampstad, Venkatesh, Sudir . 2006. Vice Careers: The Changing Contours of Sex Work in New York City. Qualitative Sociology 29(2):129-154.