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Alexander Murphy

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Phone: 541-346-4571
  • Office: 173 Condon Hall
  • Affiliated Departments: European Studies
  • Interests: Cultural and political geography, Europe, law and geography.
  • Curriculum Vitae


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

Biographical Sketch


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 2018-2019


  • GEOG 441/541: Political Geography
  • GEOG 611: Theory and Practice of Geography I (with M. Fonstad)


  • GEOG 202: Geography of Europe
  • GEOG 463/563: Geography, Law and the Environment
  • GEOG 612: Theory and Practice of Geography II (with M. Fonstad)