Jennifer Erickson

Jennifer Erickson

Associate Professor of Anthropology


Room:BB 305

Jennifer Erickson received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Erickson's research interests include refugee resettlement, welfare, feminism, and urban anthropology with a geographical focus on Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Sudan, and the Midwest United States. Dr. Erickson's articles have appeared in a number of journals, including Signs, Focaal, Human Organization, and Romani Studies. Her current book project compares and contrasts citizenship practices among refugee resettlement and welfare agencies and between Bosnian and Southern Sudanese refugees in Fargo, North Dakota. Dr. Erickson is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology. She teaches classes and advises graduate students in the areas of gender, race and ethnicity, political economy, migration, and urban life.

In fall 2016, Dr. Erickson led 15 undergraduate and graduate students in an ethnographic methods course that studied the Riverside/Normal City neighborhood, located east of the Ball State University campus. The class website can be found here: and a video about this class can be found here: Dr. Erickson's future research and teaching plans include developing a neighborhood story project in Muncie that contributes to Middletown Studies and urban anthropology. Dr. Erickson is also developing an ethnographic field school in Muncie and Bosnia-Herzegovina that will train students in studying small postindustrial cities.


Ph.D., University of Oregon
M.A., University of Oregon
B.A., Luther College

Research Interests

  • Citizenship
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Feminism
  • Urban Anthropology


  • ANTH 111: Anthropology, Culture, Globalization
  • ANTH 301/501/601: Theory in Anthropology
  • ANTH 407/507: Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 311: Race and Ethnicity
  • ANTH 441/541: Anthropology of Gender
  • ANTH 442: Anthropology of the United States
  • ANTH 360A/560A: Urban Anthropology
  • WGS 220: International Women's Issues

Awards and Honors

  • Provost's Immersive Learning Grant
  • Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, University of Oregon
  • Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics Dissertation Fellowship, University of Oregon
  • National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

Service and Memberships

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anthropology
  • University Task Force on Gender Equity
  • Boren Scholarship Committee
  • Member, Curriculum and Program Development Committee, Assessment Committee, Salary Document Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Anthropology
  • Board Member, Society for the Anthropology of North America
  • Member, American Anthropological Association
  • Member, Society for Applied Anthropology

Selected Publications

Morgen, Sandra and Jennifer Erickson. 2017. Incipient "Commoning" In Defense of the Public? Competing Varieties of Fiscal Citizenship in Tax- and Spending Related Direct Democracy. Special Issue on "The Commons," edited by Ida Susser and Don Nonini. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 79(2017):54-66.

Erickson, Jennifer. 2017 Race-ing Fargo. Cultural Anthropology, Fieldsites.

Erickson, Jennifer. "Intersectionality Theory and Bosnian Roma: Understanding Violence and Displacement." Romani Studies 27(1). June 2017.

Erickson, Jennifer. 2012. Volunteering with Refugees: Neoliberalism, Hegemony, and (Senior) Citizenship. Human Organization 71(2):167-175. Summer 2012.

Erickson, Jennifer. 2012. Emotions out of Place?: Bosnian Roma in Fargo, North Dakota. Etudes Tsiganes: Special Issue: Emotion and Place: A Gypsy/Roma Account. Edited by Aspasia Theodosiou and Micol Brazzabeni. Fall 2011.

Erickson, Jennifer and Caroline Faria. 2011. "We want empowerment for our women": Transnational Feminism, Neoliberal Citizenship and the Gendering of Women's Political Subjectivity in South Sudan." Signs 36(3):627-652.

Curriculum Vitae