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Position: Adjunct Instructor
Department: Social Sciences
Location: LAC, T Bldg
Mail Code: Y 12
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M.A. Cultural Anthropology, California State University, Long Beach

B.A. Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A. Social Geography, University of California, Los Angeles

From 1997 to 2002, she was enlisted in the United States Air Force.

She began her undergraduate career at UCLA with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Social Geography. Her undergraduate thesis focused on Chumash women in leadership positions, federal recognition, and cross-generational transmission of culture. 

She began graduate school at The University of West Florida. Her time there was spent largely focusing on physical anthropology and archeological method and theory. During this time she conducted research on genetic mutations in Old Order Amish populations in addition to studying the influence of colonial practices and beliefs upon the South Asian Indian peoples.

Upon transferring to CSULB she conducted fieldwork at a Hindu temple in Los Angeles. While completing her graduate studies, she spent an extended period of time in India studying Gujarati language and culture, in addition to Swaminarayan Hindu history, ritual, and belief. 

Areas of interest include: Environment, Sustainable Food Production, Gender (Transgender Identity, Sexuality, and cross-cultural perspectives), Religion, Language, Genetics, and Human Evolution. 

She is currently working on multiple campuses throughout Southern California as an part time instructor. Occasionally she does consultant work for a market research company, using applied ethnographic methods to obtain valuable data. Additionally, she has been tasked to creating required curriculum for a proposal to create an Applied Anthropology program at a local private university. She teaches "Cultural Anthropology" and "Physical Anthropology," as well as "Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion." At upper division level, she has created and taught an online Anthropology of Deviance and Abnormality class. 

Additionally, she advises for the LBCC Anthropology Student Association, which completed research at the Gibbon Conservation Center ( on an $8,500 Pepsi Grant and presented their findings on campus and at the Southwestern Anthropological Association ( conference in 2014.

She is currently working with a number of faculty within the Social and Behavioral Science Division to create a safe space on campus for the LBGTQI community, promote tolerance and awareness through guest speaker events, activities, and community involvement. As an LBGTQI Ally, she has an open door policy for comments, concerns, or interest (in learning or participating).


She has organized past guest speaker events, one of which was titled, "Defying the Gender Binary: Transgender Identity" and in Fall 2016 organized, "The Gender Kaleidoscope: Transgender Identity" with Professor Rachel Hollenberg from the Philosophy Department. 

(At Gay Pride Parade in Long Beach, 2014)

Professor Instagram: AnthroQuinn