Karen Morgaine is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge
Karen has taught in BA, MSW, and PhD programs at Portland State University where she received her PhD and currently teaches sociology in the undergraduate and graduate program at CSUN. She also coordinates the Social Welfare Option in the Sociology department and teaches practice and policy courses with a focus on social justice and macro practice. At the graduate level she has taught sociology courses in social movements and qualitative research.
Her primary research interests are using qualitative and participatory action research methodologies to examine power and privilege, particularly racial/ethnic privilege and male 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. Previous research has focused on domestic violence and human rights and she has published a number of articles related to this research in Violence against Women, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, and Affilia. Currently she is working on research related to social justice in social work practice and is co-authoring a textbook on anti-oppressive social work practice. Additionally she is developing an ethnographic study of LGBT social movements and privilege with a focus on national and international Pride events.
Prior to teaching, she worked in the social work field for 10+ years in mental health and domestic violence, primarily with mandated individuals and families who were involved with child protective services.