Pamela Erickson




Ph.D., 1993, Buffalo, Dr. P.H., UCLA


Dr. Erickson’s areas of expertise include medical anthropology, ethnomedicine, maternal and child health, global health, and ethnographic research methods. Her research focuses on sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and emerging adults, sexual cultures, and reproduction and fitness aspects of warfare. She has conducted fieldwork with Latina teen mothers in East Los Angeles, with adolescents and young adults in the Philippines, with African American and Puerto Rican emerging adults in Hartford, and with the Waorani in Amazonian Ecuador.

Area focus

Ecuador, United States


  • ANTH 1006. Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 3004. Cultural Research
  • ANTH 3202W. Illness and Curing
  • ANTH 3300. Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 5321. Qualitative Research Methods
  • ANTH 5376. Ethnomedicine
  • ANTH 5377. Global Health and Anthropology

Selected publications


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

Erickson, Pamela I. 2008. Ethnomedicine. Waveland Press.

Singer, Merrill and Pamela I. Erickson (Eds.) 2011. A Companion to Medical Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.

Singer, Merrill and Pamela I. Erickson 2013. Global Health. An Anthropological Perspective. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.


Erickson, Pamela I., Louise Badiane, and Singer, Merrill. 2013. The Social Context and Meaning of Virginity Loss among African American and Puerto Rican Youth in the Inner City. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 27(3):313-329.

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.

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.

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