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Seline Szkupinski-Quiroga

Program Director
School of Transborder Studies
University Staff
Mail Code: 6303

ASU CAMP Scholars Interdisciplinary Building B, B160D (Map)


Director, ASU CAMP Scholars

Affiliate Research Faculty, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center


Ph.D., University of California at San Francisco and Berkeley


Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga 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 US 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.


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.

Szkupinski Quiroga, S. 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//

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.

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.

Davis, M., Murphy, S., Neuhaus, J., Gee, L. and Szkupinski Quiroga, S. 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.

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.

Professional Activity

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

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 Cultural Engagements in Nutrition, Arts and Science (CENAS), a transdisciplinary working group of scholars and artists who is developing, implementing and evaluating innovative approaches to community and individual wellness, with arts practices at its center. 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.


Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
DCI 784 Internship
DCI 792 Research

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
DCI 784 Internship
HSC 210 Cultural Aspects Health
HSC 420 Eval Health Sci Res
SPE 784 Internship

Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Underiner,Tamara Lou * , Etheridge Woodson,Stephani , Szkupinski-Quiroga,Seline , . Assessing the Impact of Theatre-Making on Individual Behavioral Change. NEA (6/1/2015 - 12/31/2016).
  2. Szkupinski-Quiroga,Seline * Sandlin,Jennifer A . South Phoenix Photovoice Project. AZ DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES (6/12/2009 - 6/1/2010).
  3. Glick,Jennifer Elyse * , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Chowell-Puente,Gerardo , Slade,Alexandra Avril Brewis , Szkupinski-Quiroga,Seline , Winham,Donna M , Winham,Donna M , Wutich,Amber Yoder , . AOC: Social Dynamics in Response to Shifting Immigration Policy and Practice: Latino Social Networks Resource Flow and Household Reorganization. NSF-SBE-SES (10/1/2008 - 9/30/2013).

* principal investigator

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