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Karen Quintiliani

Title: Professor
Phone: (562) 985-1301
Office: FO3-303

Education History

B.A.: Loyola Marymount University Sociology, 1985
M.A.: California State University, Long Beach Anthropology, 1995
Ph.D.: University of California, Los Angeles, 2003


Courses Taught

ANTH 560 Ethnographic Research Methods
ANTH 120 Introduction to cultural Anthropology
ANTH 498 Senior Thesis
ANTH 499 Guided Studies in Anthropology
ANTH 597 Directed Readings
ANTH 697 Directed Research
ANTH 698 Thesis or Applied Project

Research Focus and Teaching Specialties

Cambodians Transnational diaspora, Applied Anthropology, Community Based Service, Writing and Archival Projects.



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 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 practice systems, and welfare use and poverty, as well as 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 nets. This research is part of a national study examining the long term effects of devolution on communities and institutions. She also focuses on historical anthropological perspective, specifically within the Cambodian transnational community in the Long Beach, CA. She has over a decade of research & relationships with the Long Beach Cambodian community, building projects through collaborative documentation. In collaboration with the Long Beach Historical Society, she also researches post-Khmer Rouge Cambodians communities in post-industrial suburb in Los Angeles. This work tells the story of how Cambodians navigate the cultural politics of race and power in a major U.S. city. She is currently am immersed in developing digital transnational dialogue between victims & perpetrators of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields.


Selected Publications

  • Quintiliani,Karen. (2010) Cambodian American Experience: Histories, Communities, Cultures, and identity. Chapter 29. Jonathan, H.X. Lee. Kendall Hart Publishing Co.
  • Quintiliani, K. (2009). “Cambodian Refugee Families in the Shadows of Welfare Reform.” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 7(2):129-158
  • Needham, S. K. Quintiliani. (2008). Cambodians in Long Beach. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing.
  • Needham, S. K. Quitinliani. (2007). “Cambodians in Long Beach, Calfornia: The Making of a Community.” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 5(1): 29-53/.
  • Quintiliani, K. (2004), “Refugee Policy. In Poverty in the United States: An encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy, edited by G. Mink and A. O’Conner.” Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO Publishers.