Murphy Halliburton specializes in medical anthropology, anthropology of science, and the history and cultures of South Asia. He has conducted fieldwork on ayurvedic psychiatry, biomedical psychiatry, and religious healing practices in South India and on the effects of the World Trade Organization's intellectual property regime (TRIPS) on people's access to medications in India and countries that consume Indian-manufactured pharmaceuticals. In addition, he has engaged with science and technology studies in an investigation of the relation of TRIPS-mandated intellectual property laws to the practice of ayurvedic medicine in India. In 2014, he completed a Fulbright-funded fieldwork project on recovery from serious mental illness in South India.
2012 Introduction. (Special Issue – Intangible Property at the Periphery: Expanding Enclosure in the 21st Century, Murphy Halliburton, ed.) International Journal of Cultural Property 19(3): 233-249.
2009 Mudpacks and Prozac: Experiencing Ayurvedic, Biomedical and Religious Healing. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
2009 Drug Resistance, Patent Resistance: Indian Pharmaceuticals and the Impact of a New Patent Regime. Global Public Health 4(6): 515-527.
2005. “Just Some Spirits”: The Erosion of Spirit Possession and the Rise of “Tension” in South India. Medical Anthropology 24: 111 - 144.
2004. Gandhi or Gramsci? The Use of Authoritative Sources in Anthropology. Anthropological Quarterly 77: 793-817.
2004. Finding a Fit: Psychiatric Pluralism in South India and Its Implications for WHO Studies of Mental Disorder. Transcultural Psychiatry 41: 80-98.
2003. The Importance of a Pleasant Process of Treatment: Lessons on Healing from South India. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 27: 161-186.
2002. Rethinking Anthropological Studies of the Body: Manas and Bodham in Kerala. American Anthropologist 104(4): 1123-1134.
1998. Suicide: A Paradox of Development in Kerala. Economic and Political Weekly 33 (36-37).