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Karen M. Staller

Associate Professor of Social Work

Karen M. Staller
Karen Staller, PhD, JD, received her educational training at Cornell Law School and Columbia University School of Social Work, where her dissertation on runaway and homeless youth was awarded with distinction. Staller practiced public interest law with low-income senior citizens and at-risk adolescents in New York City. Her scholarship focuses primarily on runaway and homeless youth (and other at-risk adolescents). She is interested in the complicated interplay between social problem construction, social service delivery, and social policy. Her book published by Columbia University Press, Runaways: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped Today's Practices and Policies, entertains this interplay. Her scholarship starts from a constructionist epistemological perspective and is in the interpretivist tradition. She blends her legal and social work training in her scholarship, research methodology, and her approach to teaching. She teaches in the areas of social welfare policy, child and family policy, and qualitative research methods.

Research Interests/Focus

Runaway and homeless youth, law, social problem construction, history of social welfare, qualitative research methods.

Education

Year Degree   School
1999 PhD Social Policy Columbia University, New York, NY
1995 MPhil Social Policy Columbia University, New York, NY
1985 JD Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1979 BA Art History Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Lee, J. Y., Gilbert, T., Lee, S. J., & Staller, K. M. (2019). Reforming a system that cannot reform itself: Child welfare reform by class action lawsuits. Social Work.

Staller, K. M. (2017). The methodology of The Witch-Hunt Narrative: A question of evidence; Evidence questioned. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(6), 853-874.

Staller, K. M. (2016). Social transformation from the inside out: ICQI individual contributions among the many. International Review of Qualitative Research, 9(2), 165-172.

Riessman, C. K., & Staller, K. M. (2016). The many ways of knowing Ann Hartman: Themes of power, subjugation and narration. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 15(4), 447-456.

Staller, K. M. (2016). Federal and state budget basics for social workers. In Michael Reisch (Ed.), Social policy and social justice: Meeting the challenges of a diverse society Cognella.

Staller, K. M. (2016). Epistemological journeying and temporary rest stops: From here to there and back again. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 15(5,6).

Krentzman, A. R., Higgins, M. M., Staller, K. M., & Klatt, E. S. (2015). Alexithymia, emotional dysregulation, and recovery from alcoholism: Therapeutic response to assessment of mood. Qualitative Health Research, 25(6), 794-805.

Staller, K. M. (2015). Moving beyond description in qualitative analysis: Finding applied advice. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 14(6).

Staller, K. M. (2015). Enhancing qualitative inquiry by hearing lived experiences. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 14(4).

Staller, K. M. (2014). Federal and state budget basics for social workers: Social welfare impact and social justice implications. In M. Reisch (Ed.), Social Policy and Social Justice. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Burlaka, V., Churakova, I., Aavik, O., Staller, K. M., & Delva, J. (2014). Attitudes toward health-seeking behaviors of students in Ukraine. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12(5), 549-560.

Staller, K. M. (2014). What remains? Heroic stories in trace matericals. In S. Witkin (Ed.), Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Staller, K. M. (2014). Difficult conversations: Talking with rather than talking at. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 13(2), 167.

Staller, K. M. (2014). The invisibility of taken for granted limitations in qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 13(4).

Staller, K. M. (2013). Further food for thought: The mysteries of a recipe book. In K. Corcoran (Ed.), Food for Thought: A Two-Year Cooking Guide for Social Work Students. Lyceum Books.

Staller, K. M., & Krumer-Nuevo, M. (2013). The room that Ian and Roy built: Personal warmth and professional space [Editorial]. Qualitative Social Work, 12(1), 3-7.

Staller, K. M., & Krumer-Nuevo, M. (2013). Successful qualitative articles: a tentative list of cautionary advice [Editorial]. Qualitative Social Work, 12(3), 247-253.

Staller, K. M. (2013). The art and science of building qualitative communities: A delicate balance. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 12(5).

Staller, K. M. (2013). Writing and reading peer reviews. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 12(6).

Staller, K. M. (2012). Missing pieces, repetitive practices: Child sexual exploitation and institutional settings. Cultural Studies and Critical Methodologies, 12(4), 274-78.

Staller, K. M. (2012). Epistemological boot camp: The politics of science and what every qualitative research needs to know to survive in the academy. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 12(4), 395-413.

Staller, K. M. (2012). Methodological imagination: Looking back and mixing it up [Review of the book Residential care transformed: Revisiting 'The Last Refuge']. Qualitative Social Work, 11, 216.

Staller, K. M. (2012). Inspiring aspiring social workers? [Review of the book No choirboy: Murder, violence and teenagers on death row]. Qualitative Social Work, 11(5), 551–552.

Reisch, M., & Staller, K. M. (2011). Teaching social welfare history and social policy from a conflict perspective. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 31(2), 131-144.

Staller, K. M. (2011). Children's rights, family rights: Whose human rights? International Review of Qualitative Research, 4(2), 171-188.

Staller, K. M. (2011). [Review of the book Social work in a grain of sand.]. Qualitative Social Work, 10(3), 399.

Staller, K. M. (2011). "Sneaky" kids and cross-cultural research. Qualitative Social Work, 10(2), 264-266.

Staller, K. M. (2011). [Review of the book Hidden in plain sight: Runaway and homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth]. Qualitative Social Work, 9(4), 551-568.

Staller, K. M. (2011). The power of narrative portraits. Qualitative Social Work, 10(4), 537.

Staller, K. M. (2011). Toasting Mark. Qualitative Social Work, 11(1).

Staller, K. M. (2010). Doing something. In S. Lowrey (Ed.), Kicked Out. Ann Arbor, MI: Homofactus Press.

Staller, K. M. (2010). Qualitative research. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Research Design. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Staller, K., & Faller, K. C. (2010). Seeking Justice in Child Sexual Abuse: Shifting Burdens and Sharing Responsibilities. New York: Columbia University Press.

Staller, K. M. (2010). [Book review editor's remark: Child's play, word play: The serious business of taking children seriously]. Qualitative Social Work, 9(3), 299-301.

Staller, K. M. (2010). [Book review editor's remark: Technology and inquiry: Future, present and past]. Qualitative Social Work, 9(2), 285-287.

Staller, K. M. (2010). [Book review editor's remark: Social work research: Sorting texts]. Qualitative Social Work, 9(1), 129-130.

Staller, K. M. (2009). Children's rights. In T. Mizrahi & L. Davis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th ed.). NASW and Oxford.

Staller, K. M. (2009). Social problem construction and its impact on program and policy responses. In S. B. Kamerman, S. Phipps, & A. Ben-Arieh (Eds.), From Child Welfare to Child Well-Being 155-174. Springer.

Staller, K. M., & Mafile'o, T. (2009). Community as domains of research. In I. Shaw, B. Briar-Lawson, J. Orme, & R. Ruckdeschel (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Social Work Research. London: Sage Publications.

Staller, K. M. (2009). [Book review editor's remark: Story telling: The art and science of writing and reviewing]. Qualitative Social Work, 8(4), 525-527.

Staller, K. M. (2009). [Book review editor's remark: Transformative moments among kindred spirits]. Qualitative Social Work, 8(2).

Staller, K. M. (2009). [Book review editor's remark: Rereading, reflection, and contemplative practice]. Qualitative Social Work, 8(1).

Staller, K. M. (2008). Runaways. In V. N. Parrillo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Staller, K. M., Horner, P., & Block, E. (2008). The history of methods in social science research. In S. Hesse-Biber & P. Leavy (Eds.), The Handbook of Emergent Methods. New York: Guilford Press.

Staller, K. M. (2008). Equal protection. In V. N. Parrillo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Danziger, S. K., & Staller, K. M. (2008). Social problems: Overview. In T. Mizrahi & L. Davis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th ed.). NASW and Oxford.

Staller, K. M. (2008). No child left behind act. In V. N. Parrillo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Staller, K. M. (2008). [Book review editor's remark: Systemic reviews and qualitative inquiry: Oil and water?]. Qualitative Social Work, 7(3), 380-381.

Staller, K. M. (2008). [Book review editor's remark: Whose research? Whose ethics?]. Qualitative Social Work, 7(4).

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