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Seline Szkupinski Quiroga

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University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303

Seline Szkupinski Quiroga is the Director and co-PI of the ASU CAMP Scholars Project, a federally funded iniative to recruit and provide retention services to the children of Arizona's migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

Seline is a child of immigrants, born and raised in the Los Angeles area. The first in her immediate family to attend university, she left California to do graduate work at Johns Hopkins University and a brief stint in the U.S. Public Health Service. She then returned to her home state where she received her doctorate in medical anthropology from the joint program of the University of California at San Francisco's Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine and Berkeley's Department of Anthropology. She is an affiliate research faculty member with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center.

In 2019, she received the Tortuga Award from the national organization Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) in recognition of her contributions to increasing access to the educational pipeline.


Ph.D. Medical Anthropology, University of California-San Francisco (Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine) and University of California-Berkeley (Department of Anthropology)

Research Interests: 

As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga is committed to community based participatory research, and a research focus on health disparities and the lived experience of illness among vulnerable populations as revealed through narratives. She has been engaged in Latino health research since the early 1990s with a special interest in ethnic and cultural responses to health problems. Issues her research has addressed include include the socio-psychological effects of anti-immigrant legislation, culture-centric nutrition education, chronic disease and aging, the perceptions of physician treatment by abused immigrant women, the dynamics of donor insemination practices , infertility and social support, and the association of living arrangements and dietary quality.

More recently, she has collaborated with ASU faculty to examine familial, peer and environmental influences on diet, physical activity and obesity risk. A related project collected migration and coping narratives from long-term residents of South Phoenix at a time of political and economic uncertainty.

Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga is a lead scientist of the Cultural Engagements with Nutrition, Arts and Science (CENAS) working group, which is developing, implementing and evaluating innovative curriculum. She is also leading efforts to develop culturally appropriate metrics of food environments as a more effective way of evaluating nutritional quality among Latino populations. In particular, she is interested in objective measures that identify strengths as well as points of intervention, and integrate consideration of walkability, food advertising, and other factors amenable to change.

  • Sandlin, Jennifer, Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, and Andrew Hammerand. 2018. Struggling to see Through the Eyes of Youth: On Failure and (Un) Certainty in a Photovoice Project. In Creating Social Change Through Creativity (pp. 57-76). M.Capous, K. Morgaine, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. Google Books.
  • Etheridge Woodson, Stephani, Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, Tamara Underiner and Robert Farid Karimi. 2017. Of Models and Mechanisms: Towards an Understanding of How Theatre-making Works as an ‘Intervention’ in Individual Health and Wellness. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance 22(4): 465-481.
  • Szkupinski Quiroga, Seline, Jennifer Glick, and Dulce Medina. 2016. Finding a Way to Get By: Latino Household Economic Strategies in a Time of Economic and Political Strain. Journal of Latino and Latin American Studies 8(1): 22-38.
  • Szkupinski Quiroga, Seline, Jennifer Sandlin, and Robin Redmon Wright. 2015.You Are What You Eat!?: Crafting the (Food) Consuming Subject Through Cooking Shows. In Food Pedagogies. E. Swan and R. Flowers, eds. Suffolk: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Szkupinski  Quiroga, S., Medina, D., and Glick, J. 2014. "In the Belly of the Beast: Effects of Anti-Immigration Policy on Latino Community Members." American Behavioral Scientist.
  • Winham, D., Szkupinski Quiroga, S., Underiner, T., Woodson, S. and Todd, M. 2014. Integration of Theater Activities in Cooking Workshops Improves Healthy Eating Attitudes Among Ethnically Diverse Youth: A Pilot Study. Infant, Child & Adolescent Nutrition 6(2): 99-108.
  • Szkupinski Quiroga, S. 2013. Vamos a Aguantar: Reflections on How Arizona’s SB 1070 has Affected One Community. Latino Studies 11(4): 580-586.
  • Winham, D., and Szkupinski Quiroga, S. 2013. “Adaptation of the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey - Stores (NEMS-S) to Assess a Mexican/Mexican-American Nutrition Environment. The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 27: 221.6.
  • Winham, D., Szkupinski Quiroga, S., Underiner, T., Etheridge Woodson, S. and Todd, M. 2013. Nutrition Education Integrates Culture Via Storytelling in Cooking Workshops for Community Nutritionists. The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 27: 625.11.
  • Underiner, T., Szkupinski Quiroga, S., Winham, D., Woodson, S. and Todd, M. 2012. Diabetes of Democracy in South Phoenix: Performance, Place and the Cultural Politics of Food. Tempe: Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research.
  • García-Pérez, H. and Szkupinski Quiroga, S. 2009. Towards a Healthy Latino Population in Arizona. In The State of Latino Arizona. Phoenix: Arizona Latino Research Enterprise.
  • Szkupinski Quiroga, S., and Sandlin, J.  2009."The South Phoenix Youth PhotoVoice Project. Phoenix: Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Seline Szkupinski-Quiroga. 2007. Blood is Thicker Than Water: Policing Donor Insemination and the Reproduction of Whiteness. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 22 (2): 143-161. http//
  • Seline Szkupinski-Quiroga, Noelia Mendoza, Conchita Villalba. ¡Que Bárbara!: A Photonovela. Coyolxauhqui Remembered: A Journal of Latina Voices (2005).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline, Mendoza, Noelia, Villalba, Conchita. What’s Not to Love? Chicano/Latino Whimsy, Humor, Parody and Satire. (2005).
  • Bauer, H., Rodriguez, M., Szkupinski Quiroga, S., and Flores-Ortiz, Y. 2000. Barriers to Health Care for Abused Latina and Asian Immigrant Women. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 11(1) 33-44.
  • Maradee Davis, Suzanne Murphy, John Neuhaus, Gee Lauren, Seline Szkupinski-Quiroga. 2000. Living Arrangements Affect Dietary Quality for U.S. Adults Aged 50 Years and Older: NHANES III 1988-1994. The Journal of Nutrition 130(9): 2256-2264.
  • Price, J., Lee, S., and Szkupinski Quiroga. S. 2000. Violence Against Women And Girls In San Francisco: Meeting The Needs Of Survivors. Commission on the Status of Women, City and County of San Francisco, CA.

  • Nachtigall, R., Becker, G., Szkupinski Quiroga, S., Pitcher, L. and Tschann, J. 1998. The Disclosure Decision: Concerns and Issues of Parents of Children Conceived Through Donor Insemination. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 178(6): 1165-1170.
  • Rodriguez, M., Bauer, H., Flores-Ortiz, Y. and Szkupinski Quiroga. S. 1998. Factors Affecting Patient-Physician Communication for Abused Latina and Asian Immigrant Women. Journal of Family Practice 47(4): 309-311.
  • Nachtigall, R., Tschann. J., Szkupinski Quiroga, S., Pitcher, L. and Becker, G. 1997. Stigma, Disclosure, and Family Functioning Among Parents of Children Conceived Through Donor Insemination. Fertility and Sterility 68: 83-89.
  • Rodriguez, M., Szkupinski Quiroga, S. and Bauer, H. 1996. Breaking the Silence: Battered Women's Perspectives on Medical Care. Archives of Family Medicine 5: 153-158.
Research Activity: 
Spring 2021
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TCL 202Transborder Society&Culture II
Spring 2020
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TCL 202Transborder Society&Culture II
Spring 2019
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TCL 202Transborder Society&Culture II
Spring 2018
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TCL 202Transborder Society&Culture II
Fall 2017
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TCL 202Transborder Society&Culture II
  • Szkupinski Quiroga, Seline, and Dulce Medina. Physical and Strategic Responses to Exclusionary Practices: The Case of Latinos in South Phoenix. Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Summer Institute (Aug 2011).
  • Medina, Dulce, Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, and Jennifer Glick. Immigrant Sentiments: Is Arizona "Home" to Latino Immigrants?. Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (Mar 2011).
  • De La Torre, Sindy, Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, Donna Winham, and Dulce Medina. Food Access in Times of Crisis: Immigrant Households in South Phoenix. Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (Mar 2011).
  • Seline Szkupinski Quiroga. Dispatches from South Phoenix: Community, Household and Individual Strategies to Weather Economic and Political Stress. Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (Mar 2011).
  • Szkupinski Quiroga, Seline, Amber Wutich, Jennifer Glick and Alexandra Brewis Slade. In the Shadow of SB 1070: Community-based Research in South Phoenix. Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (Mar 2011).
  • Weller, Nicole, Jennifer Glick, and Seline Szkupinski Quiroga. 2010 Differential Health Outcomes among Hispanic Immigrants Reporting Chilling Effects. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (Apr 2010).
  • Szkupinski Quiroga, Seline. In the Belly of the Beast: Mexican Immigrant Narratives of Wellbeing and Belonging in Times of Economic and Political Stress. Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (Mar 2010).
  • Brewis, Alexandra, Amber Wutich, and Szkupinski Quiroga, Seline. Modeling Critical-Cultural and Adaptive Perspectives on High-Risk for Obesity in Low-Income Urban Phoenix. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Dec 2009).
  • Hilda garcia-Perez and Seline Szkupinski Quiroga. Toward a Healthy Latino Population in Arizona. Arizona Latino Research Enterprise Townhall (Oct 2009).
  • Sandlin, Jennifer, Melissa River, and Seline Szkupinski Quiroga. South Phoenix through the Eyes of Youth: Using Photovoice Methodology to Talk Back to Neoliberal Public Pedagogies of Health. Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference (Oct 2009).
  • Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, Jennifer Sandlin, and April Bojorquez. Latino Youth Perspectives on Health and Consumption. Society For Medical Anthropology (Sep 2009).
  • Szkupinski Quiroga, Seline. Collecting Useful Data to Enhance Child Obesity Prevention. Maricopa County Department of Public Health Children Can’t Weight – Shaping Childhood Obesity Preven (May 2009).
  • Boone, Christopher, Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, and Jennifer Sandlin. The Environmental Justice of Food: Children, Schools, and Food Deserts in South Phoenix. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2009).
  • Brewis , Alexandra, Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, and Amber Wutich. Inclusionary Strategies in Biocultural Research: Nutritional Risk and Obesity in Urban South Phoenix. American Anthropological Association (Dec 2008).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline, Brewis, Alexandra, Winham, Donna. Competing Definitions of ‘Healthy’: Implications for Obesity Prevention Programs in Latino Communities. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Dec 2008).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Conceiving of the Infertile Patient in TV Medical Dramas. Biennial Film and History Conference (Oct 2008).
  • Szkupinski Quiroga, Seline, Brewis, Alexandra, Wutich, Amber. New Multimodal Techniques in Combating Childhood Obesity and Diabetes. Society for Medical Anthropology/Society for Applied Anthropology (Mar 2008).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Marketing Parenthood: The Racialized Nature of Infertility Advertising in Medical Journals. National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference (Mar 2006).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Infertility, Racial Identity and the Role of Social Memory. Reproductive Disruptions: Childlessness, Adoption, and Other Reproductive Complexities (May 2005).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. The Reconfiguration of Power. 5th Annual Women of Color Conference - Decolonizing the University: Women of Color in Arizona Higher (Mar 2005).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Minority Health Care Issues: Bioethics from the Margins. Western Regional Bioethics Conference (Feb 2005).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Strategies of Access to Biomedicine: The Case of Infertility and the Uninsured. Society for Medical Anthropology/Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings (Mar 2004).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Conceiving Race, Constructing Identity: Reproductive Technologies and the Transformation of Racial Identity. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Study of Science (Nov 2001).
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Kinship Beyond Biology: Considering Race and Resolution. Association of Social Anthropology’s Decennial Conference
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Disrupted Bodies: History, Identity and Reproduction. Department of Anthropology Research Colloquium
  • Brewis, Alexandra, Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Childhood Obesity, Cultural Understandings, and Nutritional Knowledge Flow: Trans-Disciplinary Approaches. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline. Combating Childhood Obesity and Diabetes in South Phoenix Latino Neighborhoods. Faculty Research Talks
  • Szkupinski-Quiroga, Seline, Garcia Perez, Maria, Viruell-Fuentes, Edna. Health in the Borderlands: New Concepts and Approaches. 11th International Conference on The Border: A New Cultural Concept
Professional Associations: 

American Anthropological Association
American Ethnological Society
Association for Feminist Anthropology
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists
National Association of Chicana/o Studies
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
Society for Medical Anthropology

  • Social Problems, Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Interviewee (2010 - Present)
  • Arizona Latino Research Enterprise, Author (2009 - Present)
  • American Heart Association, Pacific Mountain Region, Cultural Health Initiatives, Hispanic Outreach Taskforce Member (2008 - Present)
  • Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Associate Editor (2008 - Present)
  • 2008 South Phoenix Healthy Kids Partnership, Mmeber (2007 - Present)
  • SHESC Social Science and Health Graduate Program Steering Committee, Member (2006 - Present)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Virginia Piper Medical and Dental Clinic, Research Consultant (2006 - Present)
  • Arizona Children's Obesity Conference, Invited Presenter (2008 - 2008)
  • Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Editorial Collective member (2004 - 2007)
  • Planning Committee, ASU/UA College of Medicine Phoenix Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities scholarly concentration, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies, (2007)
  • CCS Transborder/Transnational Planning Committee, Member (2006 - 2006)
  • Sage Publications, Book Proposal Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Urban History Association, Invited Panel Chair and Commentator (2006 - 2006)
  • ASU School of Life Sciences Bioethics, Policy, and Law Program Film Series, Discussant (2005 - 2005)
  • Academic Senate, Senator (2004 - 2005)
  • Hispanic Mother Daughter Program, Arizona State University, Final Project Judge (2005)
  • Minority Health Issues and Science Research Summer Bridge Program, Visiting Research Scientist (2004)