John P. Murphy

John P. Murphy holds a joint doctorate from the Department of Anthropology and the Institute of French Studies at New York University and has studied at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), the École normale supérieure, and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. His dissertation, based on a year of ethnographic field research among youth living in low-income housing in central France, explores conceptions and expressions of social inequality in contemporary French society. Articles drawn from this project have appeared in French Cultural Studies and Anthropological Quarterly; currently, Murphy is at work on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Yearning to Labor: Youth, Unemployment, and Social Destiny in a French Outer City.” Prior to coming to Gettysburg College, he taught at New York University and Oberlin College. At Gettysburg College, he is developing upper-division courses on contemporary French culture and society.


John P. Murphy

John P. Murphy
Assistant Professor, French

Phone: (717) 337 - 6873

Box: Campus Box 2961

Address: West Building
Room 212 J
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD New York University, 2009
MA New York University, 2003
BA Georgetown University, 2000

Academic Focus:
Contemporary French culture and society in anthropological perspective