Associate Professor

Degrees: Ph.D, University of Maryland

Expertise: Sociological theory, Environmental sociology, and Sociology of consumption

Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy was promoted to full Professor in 2017 and specializes in sociological theory and the sociology of consumption. She received her doctorate at the University of Maryland in 2002. Her book, Consumer Culture and Society, was published in August 2016. She is the co-author with George Ritzer of Essentials of Sociology, 3rd Edition (2018). In addition to chapters in edited book volumes her work has appeared in Social Movement Studies, Journal of Consumer Culture, and Peace and Change. Most recently she published “Boycotts, Buycotts, and Legislation: Tactical Lessons from Workers and Consumers during the Progressive Era” in Shopping for Change: Consumer Activism in North American History (2017). She has served as a lead faculty member and director of the Belfast Summer Institute, which has informed her research on conflict tourism and the Ulster-Scots diaspora. Currently, she is co-editing the second edition of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology with George Ritzer and researching the intersections of poverty and consumption in the United States. She is also working on a manuscript on global debt and justice, which she presented at Humber University’s Social Justice Under Siege conference (2017) with Mindy Peden.