Professor & Chair
Gilbert Quintero is a broadly trained cultural anthropologist with expertise in the areas of applied anthropology, medical anthropology and Southwest ethnography. He has an active research agenda focusing on social, cultural and political economic aspects of drug use. The majority of his research has consisted of applied ethnographic studies of drug use, predominately with Hispanic and Native American populations in the Southwest as well as young adult populations in Western cultural settings in the
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Field Of Study:
Medical Anthropology: Emphasis on the cross cultural study of the body, health and illness related behavior; cultural models of health and the semantics of illness; healing systems as cultural systems; social and cultural dimensions of alcohol and drug use; ethnomedicine; health inequality, political ecology and disease.
Applied Anthropology: Emphasis on the study of social and cultural determinants of disease and the anthropology of public health; health promotion and disease prevention intervention development and evaluation; expertise in using qualitative research methodologies in applied settings and computer assisted qualitative data analysis.
Southwest Ethnology: Field work experience in Hispanic and Native American cultural settings in the southwest United States; inter-ethnic cultural relations; expertise in Navajo healing systems and Hispanic culture change; research ethics in minority communities; US-Mexico border.
Culture, Health and Healing (Anth 426)
Seminar in Medical Anthropology (Anth 522)
Contemporary Anthropological Thought (Anth 500)
Drugs, Society and Culture (Anth 435)
Ethnographic Field Methods (Anth 431)
Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, 1997
M.A. Cultural Anthropology, 1992
B.A. History, 1987
Sociocultural Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Applied Anthropology
G. Quintero. Gender, Discord, and Illness: Navajo Philosophy and Healing in the Native American Church. The Journal of Anthropological Research 51:69-89 (1995).
G. Quintero. "The Lizard in the Green Bottle": "Aging Out" of Problem Drinking among Navajo Men. Social Science and Medicine 51:1031-1045 (2000).
G. Quintero. Making the Indian: Colonial Knowledge, Alcohol, and the Native American. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 25:57-71 (2001).
G. Quintero. Nostalgia and Degeneration: The Moral Economy of Drinking in Navajo Society. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 16:1-16 (2002).
M. Nichter, G. Quintero, Mimi Nichter, J. Mock and S. Shakib. Qualitative Research: Contributions to the Study of Drug Use, Drug Abuse, and Drug Use(r)-Related Interventions. Substance Use and Misuse 39:1907-1669 (2004).
G. Quintero, K.Young, N. Mier, and S. Jenks, Jr. Perceptions of Drinking Among Hispanic College Students: How Qualitative Research Can Inform The Development of Collegiate Alcohol Abuse Prevention Programs. Journal of Drug Education 35:291-304 (2005).
G. Quintero, J. Peterson, and B. Young. An Exploratory Study of Sociocultural Factors Contributing to Prescription Drug Misuse Among College Students. Journal of Drug Issues 36(4):903-931 (2006).
G. Quintero, E. Lilliot, and C. Willging. Provider Views of Culture: Implications for Behavioral Health Care in Rural Settings. Qualitative Health Research 17(9):1256-1267 (2007).
Marr-Lyon, L., K. Young, and G. Quintero. An Evaluation of Youth Empowerment Tobacco Prevention Programs in the Southwest. Journal of Drug Education 38:39-53 (2008).
G. Quintero. Controlled Release: A Cultural Analysis of Collegiate Polydrug Use. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 41(1):39-47 (2009).
R.L Williams, C. Willging, G. Quintero, S. Kalishman, and A. Sussman. The Ethics of Health Research in Communities: Perspectives from the Southwestern United States. Annals of Family Medicine 8(5): 433-439 (2010).
G. Quintero and Henry Bundy. “Most of the Time You Already Know”: Pharmaceutical Information Assembly by Young Adults on the Internet. Substance Use and Misuse 46:1-12 (2011).
G. Quintero and Mark Nichter. Generation Rx: Anthropological Research on Pharmaceutical Enhancement, Lifestyle Regulation, Self-Medication, and Recreational Use. In Companion to Medical Anthropology, edited by Merrill Singer and Pamela Erickson. Wiley (2011). Pp. 339-356.
C.E. Willging, G. Quintero, and E.A. Lilliott. Hitting the Wall: Boredom, Trouble and Youth Drug Use Dynamics in Rural New Mexico. Youth and Society. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X11423231 (2011).
Quintero, G. Problematizing 'Drugs': A Cultural Assessment of Recreational Pharmaceutical Use among Young Adults in the US. Contemporary Drug Problems 39(3):491-536 (2012).
G. Quintero and M. Nichter. The Semantics of Addiction. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 28:219-228 (1996).
G. Quintero and A. Estrada. Cultural Models of Masculinity and Drug Use: “Machismo," Heroin, and Street Survival on the US-Mexico Border. Contemporary Drug Problems 25:147-168 (1998).
G. Quintero. Treatment and Remission. In Drinking, Conduct Disorder, and Social Change: Navajo Experiences, S.J. Kunitz and J.E. Levy, eds.
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