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Julia Murphy BA Honours (Carleton), MES (York), Graduate Diploma in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (York), MA (York), PhD (York)
I am a Cultural Anthropologist with special interests in Latin America, Indigenous peoples, development discourses and ethnography, environmentalism, women and gender, feminist research - and teaching undergraduate students! I speak English, Spanish, French and a little Maya.
I came to KPU in 2012 from Mount Royal University in Calgary. Before that I was a faculty member at the University of Calgary for ten years. I am inspired by working with Kwantlen students, exploring our multicultural lives and worlds. I believe that understanding human cultural diversity is an essential skill for contemporary life. The courses I currently teach are listed below. I am currently developing a new 4th year course on culture and sound that might be offered in the 2021-22 academic year.
I did the research for my PhD in southern Mexico on a Canadian development project, the Calakmul Model Forest. This involved participant observation research with development workers, campesino/a leaders, and Maya campesino/as. The Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) gave me its Richard F. Salisbury Award in 1995 to support this research. In 2016 I started a new research project in Calakmul on climate change and its effects on indigenous agricultural practices,. KPU awarded me an Educational Leave (sabbatical) to travel to Mexico to work on this research for six months in 2018.
I am an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University in Toronto, and a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Latin America and the Caribbean Studies (CJLACS).