Alexandra K. Murphy is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and a Faculty Affiliate of the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University in 2012.
Alexandra 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, and the state. One line of research investigates the new suburban poverty. Murphy's work in this area has focused on variations in social service responses to rising poverty across diverse suburbs; urban and suburban comparisons in social service capacity; and the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological issues suburban poverty raises for a sociological understanding of geography and inequality.
Murphy, Alexandra K. 2012. “Litterers:’ How Objects of Physical Disorder are used to Construct Subjects of Social Disorder in a Poor Suburb.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 642:1, 210-227.
Murphy, Alexandra K. and Danielle Wallace. 2010. “Opportunities for Making Ends Meet & Upward Mobility: Differences in Organizational Deprivation across Urban and Suburban Poor Neighborhoods.” Social Science Quarterly, 91:5, 1164-1186.
Murphy, Alexandra K. 2010. “The Symbolic Dilemmas of Suburban Poverty: Challenges & Opportunities Posed by Variations in the Contours of Suburban Poverty.” Sociological Forum, 25:3, 541-569.
Murphy, Alexandra K. 2007. “The Suburban Ghetto: The legacy of Herbert Gans on our Understanding of the Transformation of Urban Poverty.” City & Community, 6:1, 21-37.