M.A. San Jose State University, 2013
Available Spring 2021
Clark Hall 404J
Kristin Keller is interested in understanding how “basic needs” resources (i.e. food, shelter/housing, healthcare, etc.) are distributed in local communities through formal and informal networks of people and organizations. Kristin’s research and work areas include social justice and activism, human and social services, housing and homelessness, policy and advocacy, trauma informed care, and family well-being.
Kristin received her MA in Applied Anthropology at San Jose State University in 2013. Following graduate school, Kristin served as Case Manager, Employment Specialist and Program Director at Compass Family Services in San Francisco. Working one-on-one with families and her team, she developed and implemented services in the Family Resource Center and launched a full-time drop-in center that offers crisis counseling to families experiencing homelessnes.
Kristin works closely with city agencies, advocates, and community organizations to center the experiences and needs of clients in service delivery and program design. Kristin serves on the Communications Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), and is the Director of Programs at HomeownershipSF, an organization that connects low and middle-income households to free housing counseling and financial services in San Francisco.