Faculty » Jennifer L. Syvertsen

Jennifer L. Syvertsen Assistant Professor
PhD, 2012; MPH, 2009, University of South Florida

Office: 1320B Watkins
Phone: (951) 827-6426
E-mail: jennifer.syvertsen@ucr.edu 

I am a medical anthropologist working to bridge clinical, epidemiological, and social worlds of experience through the study of global health inequities. My research and teaching interests include global health, the construction of public health epidemics, access to healthcare, subjectivity, and collaborative methodologies. My new work through the Center for Health Disparities Research at UC Riverside is focused on developing community-engaged approaches to reimagine geographies of health and social justice in underserved communities in the Inland Empire of California. Much of my research to date has explored the global HIV epidemic through the lived experience of “high risk” populations, including sex workers and their intimate partners, people who inject drugs, and men who have sex with men. This work has taken me to diverse sites, including the street-level drug economy in Tijuana, the offices of non-governmental organizations in Kenya, and a converted 1960s school bus-turned-medical-clinic for people who use drugs in California. Throughout, my scholarly practice is committed to generating knowledge to inform policy and build capacity.