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Marc Blainey
  • Graduate Fellow 2012-2013


Marc Blainey has a B.A. in anthropology (University of Western Ontario, 2005) and an M.A. in archaeology (Trent University, 2007). His M.A. and Ph.D. research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and he has published articles in the journals Ancient Mesoamerica, Anthropology of Consciousness, and Time & Mind. Under the supervision of Dr. William Balée at Tulane, he is now in the final stages of writing a Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Ayahuasca Therapy, Secularism, & the Santo Daime Religion in Belgium”. More broadly, he is interested in the domains of Anthropology of Religion, Medical Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, and Consciousness Studies.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.