Faculty & Staff

Gilbert Quintero

Gilbert Quintero


Office: Skaggs 153A
Email: gilbert.quintero@umontana.edu
Fax: 406-243-4525
Office Hours:

By appointment. 

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position



Culture, Health and Healing (ANTY 426)
Seminar in Medical Anthropology (ANTY 522)
Contemporary Anthropological Thought (ANTY 500)
Drugs, Society and Culture (ANTY 435)
Ethnographic Field Methods (ANTY 431)

Personal Summary

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 United States.


University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, 1997

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
M.A. Cultural Anthropology, 1992

University of Texas, Austin, Texas
B.A. History, 1987

Field of Study

Medical Anthropology and Public Health: 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. Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

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.


Quintero, G.  Gender, Discord, and Illness: Navajo Philosophy and Healing in the Native American Church. The Journal of Anthropological Research 51:69-89 (1995).

Quintero, G. and M. Nichter. The Semantics of Addiction. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 28:219-228 (1996).

Nichter, M., M. Nichter, N. Vuckovic, G. Quintero, and C. Ritenbaugh. Social Contexts of Smoking Among Adolescent Females: Qualitative and Quantitative Findings. Tobacco Control 6:285-295 (1998).

Quintero, G. 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).

Kunitz, S., K. Gabriel, J. Levy, E. Henderson, K. Lampert, J. McCloskey, G. Quintero, S. Russell, and A. Vince.  Alcohol Dependence and Conduct Disorder among Navajo Indians.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol 60:159-167 (1999).

Kunitz, S., K. Gabriel, J. Levy, E. Henderson, K. Lampert, J. McCloskey, G. Quintero, S. Russell, and A. Vince. Risk Factors for Conduct Disorder among Navajo Indians. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 34:180-189 (1999).

Quintero, G.  "The Lizard in the Green Bottle": "Aging Out" of Problem Drinking among Navajo Men.  Social Science and Medicine 51:1031-1045 (2000).

Quintero, G. Making the Indian: Colonial Knowledge, Alcohol, and the Native American. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 25:57-71 (2001).

Quintero, G.  Nostalgia and Degeneration: The Moral Economy of Drinking in Navajo Society.  Medical Anthropology Quarterly 16:1-16 (2002).

Quintero, G. and S. Davis. Why Do Teens Smoke?: American Indian and Hispanic Adolescents’ Perspectives on Functional Values and Addiction.  Medical Anthropology Quarterly 16:439-457 (2002).

Nichter, M., 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).

Quintero, G., 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).

Quintero, G., 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).

Quintero, G., E. Lilliott, 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).

Quintero, G. Controlled Release: A Cultural Analysis of Collegiate Polydrug Use. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 41(1):39-47 (2009).

Quintero, G. Rx for a Party: Recreational Pharmaceutical Use in a Collegiate Setting. Journal of American College Health 58(1):64-70 (2009).

Williams, R.L., 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).

Quintero, G., and H. 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).

Willging, C.E., 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).

Trotter, R., J. Rolf, J. Baldwin, and G. Quintero. Tough Issues for Navajo Youth and Navajo Schools. In Tough Cases: School Outreach for At-Risk Youth, J. Hanna (ed.). Washington, DC: US Department of Education (1992).

Estrada, A. and G. Quintero.  Redefining Categories of Risk and Identity: The Appropriation of AIDS Prevention Information and Constructions of Risk. In Power in the Blood: AIDS, Politics, and Communication, W. Elwood (ed.). Erlbaum Press. Pp. 133-147 (1999).

Quintero, G.Treatment and Remission.In Drinking, Conduct Disorder, and Social Change: Navajo Experiences, S.J. Kunitz and J.E. Levy, eds.New York: Oxford University Press.Pp. 127-139 (2000).

Nichter, M. and G. Quintero. Pluralistic Medical Systems. In The Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology, Volume III. D. Levinson and M. Ember (eds.).New Haven: HRAF Press (1996).Pp. 943-948.

Quintero, G. 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.

Quintero, G. William Garriott’s Policing Methamphetamine: Narcopolitics in Rural America. Anthropological Quarterly 85(1):297-300 (2012).

Quintero, G. The Pornography of Addiction (Garcia's The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande). Current Anthropology 53(2):246-247 (2012).

Quintero, G., O. Gonzales, E. Herrera, and J. Bender. Methamphetamine Use among Migrant Workers: A Summary of Interviews and Focus Groups with Users. CSAP Communications Training and Technical Assistance Project (1998).

Estrada, A., B.D. Estrada, and G. Quintero. The Influence of Cultural Values on Self Efficacy to Perform HIV Risk Reduction. The University of Arizona, Mexican American Studies and Research Center, Working Paper Number 27 (1999).

Beals, Janette; Belcourt-Dittloff, Annie; Freedenthal, Stacey; Kaufman, Carol; Mitchell, Christina; Whitesell, Nancy; Albright, Karen; Beauvais, Fred; Belcourt, Gordon; Duran, Bonnie; Fleming, Candace; Floersch, Natasha; Foley, Kevin; Jervis, Lori; Kipp, Billie Jo; Mail, Patricia; Manson, Spero; May, Philip; Mohatt, Gerald; Morse, Bradley; Novins, Douglas; O'Connell, Joan; Parker, Tassy; Quintero, Gilbert; Spicer, Paul; Stiffman, Arlene; Stone, Joseph; Trimble, Joseph; Venner, Kamilla; Walters, Karina. Reflections on a proposed theory of reservation-dwelling American Indian alcohol use: Comment on Spillane and Smith (2007). Psychological Bulletin 135(2):339-343 (2009).

Specialized Skills

Sociocultural Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Applied Anthropology


American Anthropological Association
National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse
Society for Applied Anthropology
Society for Medical Anthropology