M.A. Cultural Anthropology, California State University, Long Beach
B.A. Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. Social Geography, University of California, Los Angeles
Nicole Quinn joined the Saddleback Anthropology faculty in 2012.
From 1997 to 2002, she was enlisted in the United States Air Force.
She began her undergraduate career at UCLA with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Social Geography. Her undergraduate thesis focused on Chumash women in leadership positions, federal recognition, and cross-generational transmission of culture.
She began graduate school at The University of West Florida. Her time there was spent largely focusing on physical anthropology and archeological method and theory. During this time she conducted research on genetic mutations in Old Order Amish populations in addition to studying the influence of colonial practices and beliefs upon the South Asian Indian peoples.
Upon transferring to CSULB she conducted fieldwork at a Hindu temple in Los Angeles. While completing her graduate studies, she spent an extended period of time in India studying Gujarati language and culture, in addition to Swaminarayan Hindu history, ritual, and belief.
She is currently working on multiple campuses throughout Southern California as an part time instructor. Occasionally she does consultant work for a marketing research company, using applied ethnographic methods to obtain valuable data. Additionally, she has been tasked to creating required curriculum for a proposal to create an Applied Anthropology program at a local private university.