Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Braunstein Hall


A&S Anthropology - 0380

Professional Summary

Dr. Murphy is a cultural anthropologist and political ecologist whose research explores the interwoven relationships between humans and their environments, focusing, in particular, on the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of human response to environmental change.  Both in his research and as an educator, Dr. Murphy is deeply committed to the application of anthropological perspectives in the development of theoretically sound yet practical solutions to a range of human problems including rural poverty, environmental degradation, and adaptation to climate change. His current research is embedded in two, long-term programmatic interests: 1) ethnographic research on disaster and rural social change among mobile pastoralists in Mongolia and 2) applied research on climate change adaptation in the United States.

Theoretical interests: Environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, political ecology, and science and technology studies 
Topical interests: Economic development, environmental governance and planning, pastoralism, risk and uncertainty, climate change, applied anthropology
Regional Interests: Mongolia, Inner Asia, and western USA

Selected Publications
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Murphy, Daniel. (2018) “Disaster, Mobility and the Moral Economy of Exchange in Mongolia”. Nomadic Peoples 22(2): 304-329.
Murphy, Daniel. (2018) “We’re living from loan to loan’: Pastoral Vulnerability and the Cashmere Debt-Cycle in Mongolia”. Research in Economic Anthropology 39: (7-30).

Murphy, Daniel (2015) “From Kin to Contract: Labor, Work, and the Production of Authority in Mongolia”. Journal of Peasant Studies 42(2): 397-424.

Murphy, Daniel (2014) “Ecology of Rule: Governance, Territorial Authority, and the Environment in Rural Mongolia,” Anthropological Quarterly 87(3): 759-792.
Murphy, Daniel (2014) “Booms and Busts: Asset Dynamics, ‘Natural’ Disaster, and the Politics of Excess in Rural Mongolia.” Economic Anthropology 1(1): 104-123.

Daniel J. Murphy, Laurie Yung, Daniel R. Williams, Carina Wyborn, and Courtney Schultz (under review) “Understanding Perceptions of Climate Change Scenario Planning in US Resource Management Agencies”

Daniel J. Murphy and Daniel R. Williams (2021). “Climate change adaptation and the challenge of collaborative place-making”. Changing Senses of Place: Navigating Global Challenges. Christopher Raymond et al, eds. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.
Daniel J. Murphy, Laurie Yung, Daniel R Williams, and Carina Wyborn. (2017) “Rethinking climate change adaptation and place through a situated pathways framework: A case study from the Big Hole Valley, USA.” Landscape and Urban Planning 167: 441-450.
Daniel J. Murphy, Carina Wyborn, Laurie Yung, Cory Cleveland, Lisa Eby, Solomon Dobrowski, and Daniel R. Williams. (2016) “Engaging Future Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Using Landscape-scale Iterative Scenario-Building”. Human Organization 75(1): 33-47.
Carina Wyborn, Laurie Yung, Daniel Murphy, and Daniel R. Williams. (2015) “Situating Adaptation: How Governance Challenges and Perceptions of Uncertainty Influence Adaptation in the Rocky Mountains”. Regional Environmental Change 15: 669-682.


PhD: University of Kentucky 2011 (Anthropology)

Positions and Work Experience

2011 -2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

Research Support

Investigators:Daniel Murphy, Laurie Yung, Solomon Dobroski, Cory Cleveland, Lisa Eby, Paul Lachapelle, and Elizabeth Shanahan 02-2012 Montana Institute on Ecosystem's EPSCoR Program Climate change vulnerability in Rural Montana: Using Multi-scale, iterative scenario-building to investigate community decision-making under future uncertainty Role:Co-PI 45,000 Completed Type:Grant

Investigators:Laurie Yung and Daniel Murphy 07-2011 USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Forest Community Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in the Context of Climate Change Role:Co-PI 225,386 Completed Type:Grant

Investigators:PI: Nina Burkhardt (USGS); Co-PIs: Renée Rondeau (Colorado State University, Colorado Natural Heritage Program), Betsy Neely (The Nature Conservancy), Marcie Bidwell (Mountain Studies Institute) Laurie Yung (University of Montana), Carina Wyborn (University of Montana), Rudy M. Schuster (USGS), John Sanderson (TNC); William Travis (University of Colorado), Daniel Williams (USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station) 07-2013 North Central Climate Science Center, Department of Interior Socioecological Resilience to Climate Change in Southwestern Colorado Role:Co-PI $553,985 Active Type:Grant

Grant: #SMA-1743019 Investigators:Koster, Jeremy; Murphy, Daniel 04-01-2017 -08-31-2021 National Science Foundation The effect of social networks on inequality: A longitudinal cross-cultural investigation Role:PI $880,000.00 Active Level:Federal

Investigators:Daniel Murphy 09-2013 USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station (Continuing Support) Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Rural Ohio: Using Scenario-Building to Investigate Community Decision-Making Under Uncertainty Role:PI 10,600 Completed Type:Grant

Grant: #BCS-1951195 Investigators:Koster, Jeremy; Murphy, Daniel 09-01-2020 -08-31-2023 National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: Testing Models of Cooperation in a Large-scale Communal Project Role:Collaborator $29,950.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #12-JV-11221636-169 Investigators:Murphy, Daniel 08-25-2013 -09-30-2015 Department of Agriculture Using Climate Change Scenario-building to Investigate Community Vulnerability in the Western U.S. Role:PI $55,085.75 Completed

Investigators:Daniel Murphy 09-2015 USDA Forest Service Climate Adaptation Planning in the Intermountain West Role:PI 35000 Completed Type:Grant

Courses Taught

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Catastrophe! Anthropology of Disaster

Culture, Nature, Power: Critical Perspectives in Political Ecology

Culture, Environment, and Globalization

Applied Anthropology

Human Dimensions of Climate Change

This is Our Land: People and Public Lands