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Department of Sociology Montanez, Morgan
Education

M.A. Applied Cultural Anthropology, Oregon State University 2017
B.A. Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, University of Colorado Denver 2014

Areas

Rural Healthcare, Rural Poverty, Safety Net Stigma, Medical Sociology, Food Insecurity, Inequality, Mobility, Qualitative Methods, Survey Methods

Research Interest

I am interested in use and access to healthcare in rural communities. In particular, I am interested in exploring how healthcare and supporting safety nets function in places further from urban areas and what toolkits and strategies those in need use to negotiate inequalities in these communities. I am also interested, more broadly, in safety net stigma within rural communities; particularly the role of moral capital in safety net use (or not use).

In addition, in my work for Dr. Anna Zamora-Kapoor, I have spent time exploring the relationship between hypertension and various risk factors in AI/ANs populations. In a forthcoming paper we also explore a range of risk factors for hypertension in youth using the Add Health dataset.

My other current work is with the SESRC where I am a consultant at our clinic. In this capacity I have consulted on a range of survey projects (economics, veterinary, business, service industry, agriculture and social science). We consult on survey design, questions and wording, research design/sampling, using Qualtrics, and statistical analysis.

During my MA, I largely focused on the way that individuals in Gleaner Nonprofits in Oregon understand and negotiate inequality through safety-net programs. I was interested in the role that various forms of symbolic capital (cultural, social, and moral) played in use or not use of other safety net program and the role that Gleaner nonprofits also played in maintenance of these forms of capital. Overall, this project focused on the cultural institutions of merit and the American Dream and the impact that these have on individuals, poverty policy, and use of existing safety-nets. For my MA, I worked with 14 nonprofit Gleaner organizations for two years of participant observation; also  conducting 53 interviews and a short survey of 350 Gleaner households.

Presentations

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: Moral Capital and Safety-Net Usage (2018) Paper given at round table at the American Sociological Association Conference in Philadelphia.

Contradiction in the Use of Middle-Class Identity for Low-Income People Experiencing Inequality in Oregon (2018)
Paper given at the Society of the Study of Social Problems annual meeting in Philadelphia.

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: How Low-Income Oregonians Negotiate Class and Social Policy (2018)
Paper given at the Pacific Sociological Association Conference in Long Beach

Gleaners: An Alternative Food Network in the Willamette Valley of Central Oregon (2016)
Paper given with Co-Author Nancy Rosenberger at the American Anthropological Association Conference in Minneapolis

Contradiction in the Use of Middle Class Identity For Low-Income People Experiencing Inequality in Oregon (2016) Paper given at the Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver.

Contradiction in the Use of Middle Class Identity for Low-Income People Experiencing Inequality in Oregon (2016) Paper given at the School of Language Culture and Society Conference at Oregon State University.

Stories of Inequality: Experiences of the Near Poor in Linn and Benton County (2015)
Poster Session at the American Anthropological Association Meeting.

Stories of Inequality: Experiences of the Near Poor in Linn and Benton County (2015) Paper given at the School of Language Culture and Society Conference, Oregon State University.