Murphy Pizza is a cultural anthropologist with a specialization in comparative religion and a background in studio art. Her teaching and academic background includes anthropology, ethnic studies, art, humanities, religion, philosophy, social action, natural and social sciences, and research methods.
She is a regional officer of the Upper Midwest Section of the American Academy of Religion and active in planning and their annual conference. She has written the book Paganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities (Ashgate, 2014), co-edited The Brill Handbook of Contemporary Paganism (2009), contributed to Sacred Schisms (Cambridge, 2009), and Nordic New Religions (Brill 2015). She has also published and presented several articles in the realm of New Religious Movements.