Dr. Alexander Murphy
University of Oregon
Dr. Alexander Murphy is a political-cultural geographer with regional specialties in Europe and the Middle East. He is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. 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. He holds degrees in Archaeology from Yale, Law from Columbia, and geography from the University of Chicago. Dr. Murphy serves on the editorial board of the Geographical Review and is the chair of the Advanced Placement Geography Committee. He is the former President of the Association of American Geographers. He has received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and has published extensively on the political, cultural, and environmental geography of Europe.