Maureen Murney

Maureen Murney


Maureen Murney completed her PhD in Social-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Drawing upon social-cultural, medical and linguistic anthropology, both her teaching and research have centred upon notions of social justice, morality, identity-making and citizenship, as well as the ambiguities involving access to and the utilization of health knowledge in Canada and Ukraine. Her doctoral work was based upon 14 months of ethnographic research in Ukraine, and focused on gendered practices and ideologies of substance use, abuse and addiction. She held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Social Equity and Health Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She has worked with the Office of Transformative Global Health at CAMH, as qualitative co-investigator on a multi-phase project that examined mental illness and substance use-related stigma and discrimination in primary health care settings across Toronto, with the aim to develop tailored capacity-building interventions. In addition, Dr. Murney has taught seminars in qualitative methods and analysis to health professionals and visiting scholars from across Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of an intensive Summer Research Institute, offered by CAMH in collaboration with the Comision Interamericana para el Control del Abuso de Drogas/Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).

Research Interests: 

  • stigma and discrimination
  • gender, reproduction and identity
  • nationalism and social-cultural transformation
  • utilization of health knowledge

Teaching Interests: 

Dr. Murney’s objectives as an educator are two-fold. On the one hand, teaching involves communicating facts, concepts, and theory inherent to the material being taught. On the other hand, the more demanding and rewarding task of the teacher is to cultivate exploratory, problem solving, and critical thinking skills that students can take with them. Anthropology is the holistic study of humanity, and as an anthropologist, her aim is to challenge students’ (and her own) culturally-based assumptions about what is ‘normal’ or ‘natural,’ and then encourage understanding and a willingness to collaborate with others.

  • HLTA03 Foundations in Health Studies II
  • HLTB40 Health Policy and Health Systems
  • HLTB42 Perspectives on Culture, Illness and Healing
  • HLTC23 Issues in Child Health and Development
  • ANTB19 Varieties of Social Life
  • ANTC19 Producing People and Things: Economics and Social Life
  • ANTC20 Gifts, Money and Morality
  • ANTC61 Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing in Cultural Perspective

Awards and Grants: 

  • Lorna Marshall Doctoral Fellowship in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Toronto (2007-8)
  • Lupina/OGS Doctoral Fellowship, Comparative Program on Health and Society, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto (2006-7)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Doctoral Fellowship (2004-6)
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc., Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2004-5)
  • Jeffrey S. Friedland Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Anthropology (2003-4)


  • The Canadian Anthropology Society/La Société Canadienne d’Anthropologie (CASCA)
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • Society for Medical Anthropology
  • Society for Psychological Anthropology
  • Society for the Anthropology of Europe
  • SOYUZ – The Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies