Faculty & Staff

Donna Murdock

Professor of Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Chair of International and Global Studies
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 published by the University of Michigan press in 2008, is based on 16 months of field research on women's development activities in Medellín, Colombia. Her second project concerns the relationships between 1) the structure of global capital, 2) related shifts in southeastern United States economies, and 3) Latino immigration to "new destinations" in the Southeast.

Research Interests
Social theory, gender, development, Latin America, international labor migration and Latinos in the United States


  • "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.