Dr. Steinberg is a Professor of Sociology at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California and Director of Community Research for the California Center for Rural Policy. She completed her bachelor's at the University of California, Santa Barbara; her master's at the University of California, Berkeley; and her doctorate at The Pennsylvania State University.

Her research interests include community, sociospatial research, applied sociology, research methods, ethnic communities, poverty, policy and environmental sociology. She has conducted field research in Nepal, Guatemala, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and California.

The theme throughout this research has been the examination of people and their relationship to space and place. Recently, she has co-authored a chapter on this topic entitled "Geospatial Analysis Technology and Social Science Research." in the Handbook of Emergent Technologies, Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Editor, Oxford University Press 2011. Another recent publication is a book chapter entitled, "Global Women Superheroes: Place, Space and Action," in Chapter in: Women's Encounter with Globalization. Samir Dasgupta, R. Driskell, N. Yeates and Y. Braun (Eds.), London: Front Page Publishers 2010.

In 2006, Dr. Steinberg co-authored a book for Sage Publications entitled, GIS for the Social Sciences: Investigating Space and Place. Her research examines the intersection of community, people, place and the environment through a policy lens. In 2000, she joined Humboldt State University, where she now teaches courses on research methods and human interactions with the physical environment at the local, regional and global levels.

Areas of Interest

Community, Sociospatial Research (GIS), Research Methods, Policy, Applied Sociology, Ethnic Communities, Environmental Sociology, Globalization, Poverty, Immigration.