Karen Morgaine, Ph.D.

Karen Morgaine
Professor & Department Chair
(818) 677-3591
Office location:
SN 321


Ph.D. Social Work & Social Research, Portland State University, 2007
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Antioch University-San Francisco, 1989
B.S. Psychology, SUNY Brockport, 1987

Specialty Areas: Social Movements, Social Justice, LGBTQ, Privilege/Race/ Racism, Qualitative Research, Human Rights, Domestic Violence.

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.

Courses Taught
Undergraduate Courses

  • QS 301: Perspectives on Queer Studies
  • SOC 307: Ethnic Diversity in America
  • SOC 356: Introduction to Social Welfare Institutions
  • SOC 357: Introduction to Social Work Practice/Practicum
  • SOC 426: Social Legislation and Social Policy
  • SOC 452: Sociology of LGBT Communities
  • SOC 484: Progressive Community Organizing
  • SOC 475A/B: Supervised Field Placement

Graduate Courses

  • SOC 585C: Special Topics - Social Movements
  • SOC 691A: Qualitative Research Methods
  • MPA 630: Organizational Theory and Human Behavior



Capous-Desyllas, Moshoula and Karen Morgaine (Eds). 2017. Creating Social Change Through Creativity: Anti-Oppressive Arts-Based Research Methodologies.
        London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Morgaine, Karen L. and Moshoula J. Capous-Desyllas. 2014. Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice: Putting Theory Into Action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
        Publications, Inc.

Journal Articles

McDonald, Lauren E. and Karen Morgaine. 2016. “Progressive and Conservative “Freedom” through the Lens of FOX and MSNBC.” SAGE Open 6(3): 1-14.

Morgaine, Karen. 2014. “Conceptualizing Social Justice in Social Work: Are Social Workers “Too Bogged Down in the Trees?”” Journal of Social Justice 4: 1-18.

Morgaine, Karen. 2011. ““How would that help our work?”: Domestic violence and human rights on the ground.” Violence Against Women 17(1): 6-27.

Morgaine, Karen. 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, Karen. 2007. “Domestic violence and human rights: Local challenges to a universal framework.” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 34(1):

Book Chapters

Morgaine, Karen. 2017. “Fragments/Layers/Juxtaposition: Collage as a Data-Analysis Practice.” Pp. 227-244 in Anti-Oppressive Arts-Based Research
, edited by M. Capous Desyllas and K. Morgaine. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Morgaine, Karen. 2015. “Positionality and Privilege in Qualitative Research.” Pp. 226-239 in Feminisms in Social Work Research: Promise and possibilities for
        justice-based knowledge
, edited by S. Wahab, B. Anderson-Nathe, and C. Gringeri. New York: Routledge.