Pamela Erickson, PhD

Professor, Anthropology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I am a medical anthropologist and public health practitioner with research interests in human sexuality and reproduction, health disparities, ecology, and ethnomedicine. My major research interests center on sexual and reproductive health issues among adolescents and young adults broadly constructed to include the related issues of gender, structural violence, and sexual and reproductive health risk-taking behaviors. I have done research on teenage pregnancy and parenting among Latinas in East Los Angeles, male involvement in reproductive health in the Philippines, and the fertility effects of warfare among the Waorani of Amazonian Ecuador.

My most recent research was funded by the Centers for Disease Control (10/03 – 9/08) and addressed the social context of sexual behavior, relationships, and communication patterns among African American and Puerto Rican young adults (18-25) in Hartford, CT and Philadelphia, PA. The qualitative-quantitative method mix provided a grounded understanding of these topics from the perspective of the young people who participated. A second project (6/08-9/09) funded by InCHIP and UConn Research Foundation was a pilot study of the methods used in the CDC study with college students.


Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993 (Anthropology)
Dr.P.H., University of California-Los Angeles, 1988 (Public Health)
M.P.H., University of California-Los Angeles, 1981 (Public Health)
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1977 (Anthropology)
B.A., University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana, 1973 (Anthropology)

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Anthropology
354 Mansfield Road, Unit 1176
Storrs, CT 06269-1176
Office LocationBeach Hall