Jennifer Erickson

Jennifer Erickson

Associate Professor of Anthropology


Room:BB 305

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

Research Interests:

My research interests include urban, applied, and feminist anthropology, citizenship, refugees, race, ethnicity, and the relationship between the state and private sector. My research areas include Bosnia-Herzegovina (where I work primarily with Bosnian Muslims and Roma), South Sudan, and the Midwest United States. My publications can be found in Human Organization, Signs, Etudes Tsiganes, and Romani Studies. I am currently writing a manuscript about my research with Bosnian and Southern Sudanese New Americans and social service providers in Fargo, North Dakota. Race-ing Fargo: Refugees, Citizenship, and the Transformation of Small Cities explains how refugee resettlement changed the racial and cultural demographics of this small city, and how different institutions and different groups of (former) refugees experienced and responded to these changes. More specifically, the book compares citizenship practices between refugee resettlement and welfare agencies, and between Bosnians and Southern Sudanese New Americans.

In fall 2016, I led 15 undergraduate and graduate students in an ethnographic methods course that researched the Riverside/Normal City neighborhood, which is located east of the Ball State University campus. The class website can be found here: For a short video about this class, see Future research plans include developing a neighborhood story project in Muncie that builds on the research in this methods course and contributes to Middletown Studies and an anthropology of small cities. I also plan to develop an ethnographic field school that will compare and contrast small (postindustrial) cities using Muncie as a point of comparison.

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: Anthropology of the United States
Anth 360A/560A: Urban Anthropology
WGS 220: International Women’s Issues



Forthcoming. Morgen, Sandra and Jennifer Erickson. 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, to be published in Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.

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.


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Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Anth, Cult, and Glob 111 1 0930 - 1045 T R CL, room 361
Applied Anthropology 407 1 1230 - 1345 T R CL, room 278
Applied Anthropology 507 1 1230 - 1345 T R CL, room 278
Ind Study in Anth 690 1 0000 - 0000