Kristin Murphy

  • Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program
  • Department of Sociology, Columbia University



Kristin Murphy is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. Her interests include qualitative methods, communities and urban sociology, the history and current state and practices of carceral institutions.  Kristin’s current project is a study of interpersonal and intergroup interactions in dynamic cultural and commercial spaces ---- specifically, New York City’s funeral homes. She graduated from the University of Chicago with an AB with honors in Sociology and Psychology. For her MA in American Studies (Columbia), she created an original dataset of inmate registers to examine the patterns of mother-child admissions to the oldest women’s prison in the US. With currently incarcerated women, she also teaches evening classes at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island. Kristin enjoys exploring the ins and outs of cities – on foot, bike, or water – and, when possible, learning about the history and the people who live in them.