College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Behavioral and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumni

2006 Distinguished Alumni

Karen Seccombe Meenan

BA Sociology, Class of 1979
BA Multicultural and Gender Studies, Class of 1979
Honor Year: 2006
Karen Seccombe is a professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State University, located in Portland, Oregon. She received her B.A. in Sociology at California State University, Chico, her M.S.W. in Health and Social Welfare policy from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University.
Her research focuses on poverty, welfare, access to healthcare, and the effects of social inequality on families. She is the author of “So You Think I Drive A Cadillac?”: Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and its Reform (Pearson); Families and Their Social Worlds(Pearson); Just Don’t Get Sick: Access to Healthcare in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform, with Kim A. Hoffman (Rutgers University Press); and Families in Poverty(Pearson).