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Jennifer Erickson

Jennifer Erickson

Assistant Professor

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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 urban, applied, and feminist anthropology, citizenship, refugees, race, and the relationship between the state and private sector. I work with people from Bosnia-Herzegovina (Bosnian Muslims and Roma), South Sudan, and the Midwest United States. My publications can be found in Human Organization, Signs, and Etudes Tsiganes. 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 shows 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 am leading 15 undergraduate and graduate students in an ethnographic methods course which includes researching the history of the Riverside/Normal City neighborhood, which is located just east of the Ball State University campus. 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 towards 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: American Culture
Anth 360A/560A: Urban Anthropology
WGS 220: International Women’s Issues

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Course Schedule
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  • Course
    American Culture
    No.
    342
    Section
    1
    Section
    1300-1350
    Days
    M W F
    Location
    BB 316
  • Course
    Ethnographic Methods
    No.
    459
    Section
    1
    Section
    1530-1645
    Days
    T R
    Location
    BB 316
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    American Culture
    No.
    542
    Section
    1
    Section
    1300-1350
    Days
    M W F
    Location
    BB 316
  • Course
    Ethnographic Methods
    No.
    559
    Section
    1
    Section
    1530-1645
    Days
    T R
    Location
    BB 316
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    Graduate Studies Sem
    No.
    600
    Section
    1
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    1400-1450
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    F
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    BB 321
  • Course
    Ind Study in Anth
    No.
    690
    Section
    6
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    0000-0000
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    Intern in Anth
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    696
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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