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Donna F. Murdock

Professor of International and Global Studies, Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies , IGS Co-Chair
B.A., Hunter College; Ph.D., Anthropology, Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, Emory, 2003


Donna F. Murdock received her Ph.D. in Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory University in 2003.  Her first book, When Women Have Wings:  Feminism and Development in MedellÍn, Colombia(2008 University of Michigan Press) is based on 16 months of field research and argues that transnational funding and professionalization of grassroots feminist movements strained cross-class relations between women in MedellÍn.  Her current book project explores how regional identities constituted through media utilize gendered and racialized themes in the American southwest.

Research Interests: Gender, Race, Class, Regionalism, Latin America, and the Southwestern United States


  • "Laura V. Hamner: Making Collective Memories in the Panhandle," Panhandle Plains Historical Review, submitted Fall 2018, forthcoming 2020.
  • "When Women Have Wings: Feminism and Development in Medellin, Colombia," University of Michigan Press. 2008
  • "Of Heroines and Victims: Women and Economic Development in Medellín, Colombia," Southern Anthropologist, (2004).
  • "Neoliberalism, Gender, and Development: Institutionalizing 'Post-Feminism' in Medellín, Colombia," Women's Studies Quarterly, Fall/Winter 2003, 31(3 and 4): 129-153.
  • "That Stubborn 'Doing Good?' Question: Ethical/Epistemological Concerns in the Study of NGOs," Ethnos, December 2003, 68(4):507-532.
  • "Enduring Traditions and New Directions in Feminist Ethnography," co-authored with Carla Freeman in Feminist Studies, 2001, 27(2):423-458.


ANTH104: Introductory Cultural Anthropology

ANTH290: Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH305: Cultures of Latin America

ANTH311: Gender and Class in Latin America

ANTH314: Gender, Colonialism and Culture in Greater Mexico

ANTH403: Social Theory

INGS105: Globalization and Culture

INGS200: Introduction to International and Global Studies

INGA400A: International & Global Studies