Pamela Erickson, PhD

University of Connecticut
Department of Anthropology
354 Mansfield Road, Unit 2176
(Beach Hall, BCH)
Storrs, CT 06269-2176
Office: (860) 486-1736

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 CHIP 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)

Featured Publications

Hock-Long, Linda, Dare Henry-Moss, Marion Carter , Kendra Hatfield-Timajchy, Pamela I. Erickson, and Amy Cassidy, Mark Macauda, Merrill Singer, and Jesse Chittams 2012. Condom Use with Serious and Casual Heterosexual Partners: Findings from a Community Venue-Based Survey of Young Adults. AIDS and Behavior. Online First March 30, 2012.

Erickson, Pamela I. 2011. Sexuality, Medical Anthropology, and Public Health. In Merrill Singer and Pamela I. Erickson (Eds.), Companion to Medical Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 271-287.

Macauda, Mark, Pamela Erickson, Merrill Singer, and Claudia Santelices 2011. A Cultural Model of Infidelity among African American and Puerto Rican Young Adults. Anthropology and Medicine 18(3):351-364.

Macauda, Mark M., Pamela Erickson, Janice Miller, Paul Mann, Linda Closter, and Peter J. Krause 2011. Long-Term Lyme Disease Antibiotic Therapy Beliefs Among New England Residents. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. Online Ahead of Print: March 21, 2011.

Abraham, Traci, Mark Macauda, Pamela Erickson, and Merrill Singer 2010. “And Let Me See Them Damn Papers!” The Role of STI/AIDS Screening among Urban African American and Puerto Rican Youth in the Transition to Sex without a Condom. Aids and Behavior. Online First 9/16/10.

Beckerman, Stephen, Pamela Erickson, James Yost, Jhanira Regalado, Lilia Jaramillo, Corey Sparks, Moises Iromenga, and Kathryn Long 2009. Life Histories, Blood Revenge and Reproductive Success among the Waorani of Ecuador. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(20):8134-8139.

Erickson, Pamela I. 2009. Profile: Using Anthropological Methods to Understand Condom Use for STI Prevention in the Inner City. Ann McElroy and Patricia Townsend (Eds.), Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective. Fifth Edition. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, pp.253-258.
Erickson, Pamela I. 2008. Ethnomedicine. Waveland Press.
Erickson, Pamela I. and Ann M. Cheney 2008. Silicone Seduction: Are Cosmetic Breast Implants Killer Commodities? Merrill Singer and Hans Baer (Eds.), Killer Commodities: A Critical Anthropological Examination of Corporate Products and Public Health. AltaMira Press, pp. 225-254.

Erickson, Pamela I. 2008. Revenge, Bride Capture, and Gender Strategies for Survival among the Waorani. In Stephen J. Beckerman and Paul Valentine (Eds.), Revenge in the Cultures of Lowland South America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, pp. 93-116.

Singer, Merrill C., Pamela I. Erickson, Louise Badiane, Rosemary Diaz, Dugeidy Ortiz, Traci Abraham, and Anna Marie Nicolaysen 2006. Syndemics, Sex, and the City: Understanding Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Social and Cultural Context. Social Science and Medicine 63(8): 2010-2021.
Erickson, Pamela I. 2006. The Role of Romantic Love in Sexual Initiation and the Transition to Parenthood among Immigrant and U.S.-Born Latino Youth in East Los Angeles. In Jennifer S. Hirsch and Holly Wardlow (Eds.), Modern Loves. The Anthropology of Romantic Courtship and Companionate Marriage. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp. 118-134.
Erickson, Pamela I. and Celia P. Kaplan 2000. Maximizing Qualitative Responses about Smoking in Structured Interviews. Qualitative Health Research 10(6):829-840.

Erickson, Pamela I. 1998. Latina Adolescent Childbearing in East Los Angeles. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.

*Last Revised: 2013-07-17 13:55:41