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Karen Quintiliani

Dr. Karen Quintiliani's teaching focuses on the application of anthropological theories and methods in order for students to understand and engage in communities. She currently teaches the following courses: Ethnographic Research Methods (ANTH 560), Applied Anthropology (ANTH 517), Applied Anthropology Internship Analysis (ANTH 675), and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 120). Her research focuses primarily on refugee and immigrant communities in the United States with a particular focus on the Cambodian community in Long Beach, California. Her area of expertise is on utilizing the theories and methods of anthropology in evaluating and developing community programs and in examining the implementation of public policies. She has studied some of the most sensitive and difficult issues in urban settings including research on HIV/AIDS, sexuality, youth violence, teen pregnancy, health practices and systems, and welfare use and poverty. Her most recent research project is a study of the impact of welfare repeal on Cambodian families and how the opportunities of poor teenagers are being undermined by the elimination of a social and economic safety net. This research is part of a national study examining the long term effects of devolution on communities and institutions.


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