Alexandra K. Murphy
Faculty Associate, PSC
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Director Academic Program, Sociology
Assistant Professor, Ford School Of Public Policy
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.
- Jerolmack, Colin, and Alexandra K. Murphy. Forthcoming. "The Ethical Dilemmas and Social Scientific Trade-offs of Masking in Ethnography." Sociological Methods & Research : 0049124117701483.
- Gould-Werth, Alix M., Jamie Griffin, and Alexandra K. Murphy. 2018. "Developing a New Measure of Transportation Insecurity: An Exploratory Factor Analysis." Survey Practice 11(2).
- Duneier, Mitchell, Philip Kasinitz, and Alexandra K. Murphy. 2014. "The Urban Ethnography Reader." New York: Oxford University Press.
- Murphy, Alexandra K. 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 K. 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 K., and Danielle Wallace. 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 K., and Katherine Newman. 2009. "Children and Work." in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, edited by Richard Shweder. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Murphy, Alexandra K. 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.
- Venkatesh, Sudhir, and Alexandra K. Murphy. 2006. "Policing Ourselves: Law and Order in the American Ghetto." Pp. 124-157 in Youth, Globalization, and the Law, edited by Sudhir Venkatesh and Ronald Kassimir. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- Murphy, Alexandra K., and Sudir Venkatesh. 2006. "Vice Careers: The Changing Contours of Sex Work in New York City." Qualitative Sociology 29(2): 129-154.