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Alexander Murphy

Professor Emeritus (part-time Professor, 2019-2024)
Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts & Sciences, 1998-2019
Phone: 541-346-4571
Office: 173 Condon Hall
Research Interests: Cultural and political geography, Europe, law and geography.


B.A., 1977, Yale; J.D., 1981, Columbia; Ph.D., 1987, Chicago.



Professor Murphy is a political-cultural geographer with regional specialties in Europe and the Middle East. His work focuses on the ways in which the changing political organization of space reflects and shapes ethnic, socio-economic, and environmental processes; the foundations and consequences of influential geopolitical ideas and assumptions; the role of legal and political arrangements in mediating human-environment relations; and the importance of geographical education for efforts to address critical challenges facing the contemporary world


Courses offered 2022-2023 and 2023-2024

  • GEOG 202: Geography of Europe
  • GEOG 441/541: Political Geography