- Karen Morgaine, Ph.D.
Office Phone: Phone: (818) 677-3290
Office Location: SN 314
Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University, 2007
Dissertation: “Creative interpretation and fluidity in a rights framework”: The intersection of domestic violence and human rights in the United States
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, San Francisco, 1989
B.S. (magna cum laude) in Psychology, SUNY Brockport, 1987
Specialty Areas: Social Movements, Social Justice, LGBTQ, Privilege/Race/Racism, Qualitative Research, Human Rights, Domestic Violence.
- Soc 356 – Introduction to Social Work
- Soc 357 – Introduction to Social Work Practice
- Soc 426 - Social Legislation and Social Policy
- Soc 307 – Ethnic Diversity in America
- Soc 485LB –Community Organizing
- Soc 475AEE/BEE – Supervised Field Instruction I and II
- Soc 585 – Social Change and Social Movements
- Soc 691A – Advanced Sociological Research: Qualitative Methods
Selected Publications and Presentations
Morgaine, K. (2011). “How would that help our work?”: Domestic violence and human rights on the ground. Violence Against Women, 17(1), 6-27.
Morgaine, K. (2008). “You can’t bite the hand that feeds you”: The State, domestic violence and human rights. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 24(1), 31-43.
Morgaine, K. (2007). Domestic violence and human rights: Local challenges to a universal framework. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 34(1), 109-129.
McDonald, L. and Morgaine, K. (in preparation). Defining Americana: How high profile political TV talk show hosts use patriotism and fear to frame health care and immigration policy debates.
Morgaine, K. and Capous-Desyllas, M. (in preparation). Socially Just Generalist Practice: Putting Theory into Action. Book in progress. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Morgaine, K. (in preparation). Social workers make meaning of social justice.
Morgaine, K. (in preparation). Anxious white privilege: An anti-confessional confessional.
Morgaine, K. Social workers make meaning of social justice. Council of Social Work Education Conference, October 2010, Portland, OR.
Morgaine, K. Defining Americana: How high profile political TV talk show hosts use patriotism and fear to frame Health Care and Immigration Policy Debates. Hawaii International Social Sciences Conference, June 2010.
Morgaine, K. Anxious white privilege: An anti-confessional confessional. Pacific Sociological Association Conference, April 2009, San Diego, CA.
Morgaine, K. Who sets the agenda?: Challenging white privilege in the mainstream DV movement. National Women’s Studies Association Conference, June 2008, Cincinnati, OH.
Morgaine, K. Swimming upstream: The role of autoethnography in examining privilege. Paper/panel chair; National Women’s Studies Association Conference, June 2008, Cincinnati, OH.
Morgaine, K. “You can’t bite the hand…”: The State, Domestic Violence and Human Rights. Council on Social Work Education Conference, October 2007, San Francisco, CA.
Morgaine, K. Domestic Violence and Human Rights—Bringing the International Movement Home: Resonance and Exceptionalism. The National Women’s Studies Association Conference, June 2007, St. Charles, IL.
Morgaine, K. Domestic Violence and Human Rights—Bringing the International Movement Home: Initial Findings and Research Challenges. Portland State University Women’s Studies Student Colloquium, June 2007, Portland, OR.
Morgaine, K. Domestic Violence and Human Rights—Bringing the International Movement Home: Preliminary Thoughts. Western Political Science Association Conference, March 2007, Las Vegas, NV.
Morgaine, K. Domestic Violence and Human Rights: Local Challenges to a Universal Framework. International Conference Resovi—Violence against Women: Diversifying Social Responses, October 2006, Montreal, Quebec, CAN.
Haaken, J., Rempe, D. and Morgaine, K. Border Tensions: Domestic Violence Advocacy, Social Services and Community. Pacific Northwest Community Psychology Conference, October 2006.
Haaken, J., Morgaine, K., and Rempe, D. Border Tensions: Domestic Violence Advocacy, Social Services and Community. Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Counselors for Social Justice Conference May 2005.
Research and Interests
My primary research interests are using qualitative and participatory action research methodologies to examine power and privilege, particularly racial/ethnic privilege, in social movements. Specific areas of interest include LGBTQ movements and US/male/white hegemony; construction and framing of social problems; radical/progressive social movements; domestic violence and violence against women—policies and practice; human rights; transnational social movements; globalization and social movements; and poverty.