Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Laura Murphy

Clinical Associate Professor - International Health & Development

Contact Info


  • B.S., Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering, 1983
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, City and Regional Planning, 1998

Academic Experience

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York Professor of Social entrepreneurship
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2006-
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2001-2006
  • Adjunct Professor, Tulane University, 1998-2001

Research & Teaching Specializations: Development Theory; Population and Environment; Social Innovation, Design thinking; Complexity; Human-environment change; Tropical Deforestation; Mobile phone revolution

Related Experience

  • Humanitarian Policy Group Consultant, Overseas Development Institute, 2003-2004
  • Coordinator, The Population Environment Research Network, 2000-2002
  • United Nations Development Program Consultant, “Population-Environment Case Study of Ecuador’s Amazon,” 1998
  • Co-Investigator, Ecuadorian Amazon land use study, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, 1998-2000
  • Consultant, Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH)


  • President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional School Teaching, Tulane University, 2008
  • Dean’s Scholar Award, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, 2008
  • John T. and Catherine E. MacArthur Foundation Grant, 2005
  • National Science Foundation Grant, 2007
  • Mellon Foundation Grant, 1995


  • Spanish
  • Indonesian
  • Kiswahili
  • French

Selected Publications

  • 2008. “AIDS and Kitchen Gardens: Insights from a Village in Western Kenya.” Journal of Population and Environment. 29 (3-5): 133-161.
  • 2005. “How do we know what we know about AIDS impacts in rural Africa: evidence from field studies” With L. P. Harvey and E. Silvestre. Human Organization. 64 (3): 265-275.
  • 2002. “Choice and Constraint in the Making of the Amazon Frontier: Settler Land Use Decisions and Environmental Change in Ecuador.” With Francisco Pichon et al. In Patterns and Processes of Land Use and Forest Change in the Amazon. C. Wood, ed. Gainesville: University of Florida Press.
  • 2001. “Colonist Farm Income, Cattle, Off-farm Work and Differentiation in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon.” Human Organization. Spring.
  • 1998. “Migration Decisions Among Settler Families in the Ecuadorian Amazon: The Second Generation.” With Lucie Laurian and Richard Bilsborrow. Research in Rural Sociology and Development: Focus on Migration. 7: 169-196.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Latin American Studies Core Seminar (Graduate); Development Theory; Population-Environment Relationships; Grant-writing workshop

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 12