In January we welcomed Kristen Murphy as the new advisor for our Anthropology majors and minors. Kristen also serves as the advisor for Geography and the BAESS degree (Environmental and Sustainability Studies) and the Food Studies Certificate. Prior to coming to Anthropology Kristen was an advisor for the Liberal Studies degree in the College and also served College Exploratory students. Many of our faculty and students also knew her from her long stint as student services assistant for the Individualized Major Program (IMP).
New advisor Kristen Murphy
An IUB graduate with a degree in English, she lived in the Collins LLC for her entire undergraduate experience and is still deeply involved with Collins activities including doing presentations on its history. After graduating she worked in SPEA and for the IU Alumni Association, but realized she wanted to be more directly involved in serving students. She went back to school for an M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs through the IU School of Education, and worked on that while at the IMP.
Kristen is an avid reader, with a preference for science fiction, fantasy and history. She is very interested in genealogy and is a Trustee for a small family cemetery in Lawrence County, where her family has deep roots since the early 19th century.
As her experience indicates, Kristen is particularly interested in the interdisciplinary nature of Anthropology and the other degrees for which she advises. She appreciates the diverse interests of our students and sees her work as supporting the cultural and environmental issues that our students will take on in meaningful ways after achieving their degrees.
We are absolutely delighted to have Kristen working with us and our undergraduate students will benefit enormously from her expertise and dedication.