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Jennifer Erickson

Jennifer Erickson

Assistant Professor

BB 305   Phone: 765-285-1512  

Department of Anthropology
Burkhardt Building (BB), Room 315
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

M.A., Anthropology, University of Oregon, 2004
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Oregon, 2010

Research Interests:

My research interests include refugees, migration, urban anthropology, citizenship, neoliberalism, and feminism. My dissertation compared (former) refugees from South Sudan and Bosnia- Herzegovina and social service providers in Fargo, North Dakota. The goal was to understand the multitude of ways that different actors experienced citizenship on an everyday level and how race, class, gender, and religion shaped these processes. In fall 2015, I will be on special assigned leave to work on a manuscript about this research. I am also pursuing a new project on oral histories of Muncie neighborhoods to begin in fall 2016. Areas of interest include: the United States, Bosnia- Herzegovina, and South Sudan.

Courses I Teach:

Anth 111: Anthropology, Culture, Globalization
Anth 301/501/601: History and Theory of Anthropology Anth 307/507: Applied Anthropology
Anth 311: Race and Ethnicity
Anth 341/541: Anthropology of Gender
Anth 342/542: American Culture
Anth 360A/560A: Urban Anthropology
WGS 220: International Women’s Issues

Research Publications:

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

2012 Emotions out of Place?: Bosnian Roma in Fargo, North Dakota. Etudes Tsiganes Special Issue: Emotion and Place: a Gypsy/Roma Account. Aspasia Theodosiou and Micol Brazzabeni, eds. 44-45:102-115 (French version) and 150-263 (English version).

2011 (with Caroline Faria) “We want empowerment for our women”: Transnational Feminism,
Neoliberal Citizenship and the Gendering of Women’s Political Subjectivity in South Sudan.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 36(3):627-652. Each author contributed 50%.

2006 Roma in Bosnia-Herzegovina: A Gendered Gaze at the Politics of Roma, (I)NGOs, and the State. Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture Special Issue: The ‘Grand’ and ‘Small’ Political Narratives: Social and Political Realities of Europe 4(8-9):87-103.

2003 Reflections on Fieldwork with Romani Women: Race, Class, and Feminism in Bosnia- Herzegovina. Anthropology of East Europe Review 21(2) Fall 2003: 113-117.

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Department of Anthropology
Burkhardt Building (BB), Room 315
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-1575
Fax: 765-285-2163