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Interests: Courses Taught:
  • Medical Anthropology
  • South Asian culture and history
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • Anthropology of Science
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (101)
  • History of Anthropology (200)
  • Essentials of Cultural Anthropology (201)
  • Peoples of South Asia (208)
  • Medical Anthropology (225)
  • Science, Technology and Culture (239)

  •   Field Research:        Selected Publications:  
    Murphy Halliburton specializes in medical anthropology, anthropology of science, and the history and cultures of South Asia. He has conducted fieldwork on ayurvedic psychiatry, biomedical psychiatry, and religious healing practices in South India and on the effects of the World Trade Organization's intellectual property regime (TRIPS) on people's access to medications in India and countries that consume Indian-manufactured pharmaceuticals. In addition, he has engaged with science and technology studies in an investigation of the relation of TRIPS-mandated intellectual property laws to the practice of ayurvedic medicine in India. In 2014, he completed a Fulbright-funded fieldwork project on recovery from serious mental illness in South India.
  • 2012 Introduction. (Special Issue – Intangible Property at the Periphery: Expanding Enclosure in the 21st Century, Murphy Halliburton, ed.) International Journal of Cultural Property 19(3): 233-249.

  • 2011 Resistance or Inaction? Protecting Ayurvedic Medical Knowledge and Problems of Agency. American Ethnologist 38(1): 85-100.

  • 2009 Mudpacks and Prozac: Experiencing Ayurvedic, Biomedical and Religious Healing.Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

  • 2009 Drug Resistance, Patent Resistance: Indian Pharmaceuticals and the Impact of a New Patent Regime. Global Public Health4(6): 515-527.

  • 2005. “Just Some Spirits”: The Erosion of Spirit Possession and the Rise of “Tension” in South India. Medical Anthropology 24: 111 - 144.
  • 2004. Gandhi or Gramsci? The Use of Authoritative Sources in Anthropology. Anthropological Quarterly 77: 793-817.
  • 2004. Finding a Fit: Psychiatric Pluralism in South India and Its Implications for WHO Studies of Mental Disorder. Transcultural Psychiatry 41: 80-98.
  • 2003. The Importance of a Pleasant Process of Treatment: Lessons on Healing from South India. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 27: 161-186.
  • 2002. Rethinking Anthropological Studies of the Body: Manas and Bodham in Kerala. American Anthropologist 104(4): 1123-1134.
  • 1998. Suicide: A Paradox of Development in Kerala. Economic and Political Weekly 33 (36-37).

  • Anthropology Department Address: Department of Anthropology, Queens College of the City University of New York
    Powdermaker Hall 314, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing NY, 11367
    Murphy Halliburton  
    Associate Professor  
    Ph. D. CUNY 2000