Jennifer Murphy, Ph.D.

Jennifer MurphyLecturer, Sociology

After having lived, studied and worked for almost ten years in Spain, Jennifer Murphy excitedly joined NDNU’s department of psychology and sociology in the fall of 2015. She has also lived and worked in Japan, Ecuador, El Salvador, Algeria (Sahrawi refugee camps) and England. With a doctoral degree in peace, conflict and development studies, she continues to teach and form part of the core faculty at two prominent peace studies graduate programs in Europe, the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, Spain, and the University of Innsbruck, Austria; she is also a guest professor at the Master’s in Human Rights and Culture of Peace at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia. Having received the Peace Review torch from NDNU professor Stephen Cole, Jenny is currently the book review editor for the social justice journal. In 2016, she was named one of the coordinators of the international DEEP network’s publication team (Dialogue, Empathic Engagement and Peacebuilding). She is in the process of editing the third volume of Wolfgang Dietrich’s elicitive conflict transformation trilogy. He is a highly renowned peace philosopher and international peace worker. Her recent research focuses on invitational pedagogies and a post-oppositional politics of change and interconnectedness. Jenny approaches her interdisciplinary research with postcolonial, intersectional and transrational lenses. Each day, Jenny is inspired by her colleagues and the diverse and phenomenal NDNU student body!


  • Ph.D., Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, Universitat Jaume, Spain
    • Cum laude
    • Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado
    • International stay at the University of Leeds, Leeds, England to complete the European Doctorate requirements
  • MA, Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, Universitat Jaume, Spain
  • BA, American Literature and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles
    • With honors

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Sociological Study of Women
  • Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication

Selected Publications

  • “Paces en Plural y la Transformación Elicitiva de Conflictos,” Temarios: Paz, 3. In print. In print.
  • “Acción social comunicativa desde la Universidad,” in García López et al. (eds.). El papel de la Universidad en los procesos de comunicación y cooperación para el desarrollo social y humano, Madrid: Fragua. 2014
  • “Occupy Movements and the Indignant Figure.” Peace Review. 25 (3): 333-335. 2013.
  • “Aesthetics of Resistance in Western Sahara,” Peace Review. 25 (3): 349-358. 2013.
  • “A Transnational Politics of Mobility, Thinking From and Across Borders,” in Pilch, Ortega, Angela and Barbara Schöttner (eds.). Transnational Spaces and Regional Localization. Munster: Waxmann. 2012.
  • “Learning and Conflict Analysis: Prefiguring Alternative Interpretive Horizons,” in Pilch, Ortega, Angela and Barbara Schöttner (eds.). Looking at Learning. Munster: Waxmann. 2011.
  • “Western Sahara and a Culture of Resistance: The Intersections of Globalization, Education and Identity,” in Schöttner, Barbara. Education – Identity – Globalization. Grazer Univ-Verl. 2009.
  • “El papel de la sociedad civil en la construcción de la paz en el Sáhara Occidental.” Barcelona: Icaria. 2008.