Jennifer Erickson

Jennifer Erickson

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Assistant Dept. Chair


Room:BB 305

Jennifer Erickson's research interests include refugee resettlement, welfare, gender, race, ethnicity, and urban anthropology with a geographical focus on the Midwest United States, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and South Sudan. Dr. Erickson's articles have appeared in 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. The book outlines the ways in which refugee resettlement has reconfigured what constitutes diversity in Fargo, how various actors and institutions have responded to refugees, and how refugees – New Americans – serve as change agents in the small city.

Dr. Erickson teaches classes and advises undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities in the areas of gender, race and ethnicity, political economy, migration, urban life, and ethnographic methods. For example, in fall 2016, Dr. Erickson led 15 undergraduate and graduate students in an ethnographic methods course that studied the Riverside/Normal City neighborhood in Muncie. The class website can be found here: and a video about the class can be found here:

Dr. Erickson's future research and teaching plans involve comparative urban ethnography in Muncie and Bosnia-Herzegovina, including an ethnographic field school in Bosnia-Herzegovina (coming summer 2019) that will train students in how to study cities from an anthropological perspective. She continues to work on making the graduate program in anthropology at Ball State more rigorous, inclusive, and applied, though she no longer serves as the Director of Graduate Studies.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers (


BA, English Literature and Psychology, Luther College, 1997
MA, PhD, Anthropology, University of Oregon, 2010

Research Interests

  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Citizenship
  • Diversity
  • Urban Anthropology


  • ANTH 111: Anthropology, Culture, Globalization
  • ANTH 301/601: Theory in Anthropology
  • ANTH 407: Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 311: Race and Ethnicity
  • ANTH 441/641: Anthropology of Gender
  • ANTH 459: Ethnographic Methods
  • ANTH 342: Anthropology of the United States
  • 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

  • University Task Force on Gender Equity
  • Boren Scholarship Committee
  • Director for Graduate Studies in Anthropology (2015-2018)
  • Journal of the Anthropology of North AmericaBook Review Editor
  • 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

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Anth of Everyday Lif 111 1 1230 - 1345 T R BB, room 220
Anth of Everyday Lif 111 2 1400 - 1515 T R BB, room 316
Ethnicity and Race 311 1 0930 - 1045 T R BB, room 103
Paid Internship in A 369 0 0000 - 0000
Unpaid Internship in 479 1 0000 - 0000