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 cross-trained in epidemiology and global public health whose research and teaching is broadly concerned with health inequalities. Specifically, my work has explored the global HIV epidemic through the lens of intimate relationships, interpersonal violence, “risk behaviors,” gender, and caregiving among underserved groups, including sex workers, people who inject drugs, and men who have sex with men. I have previously worked in the Mexico-US border region and communities in the US disproportionately impacted by drug use and related health harms. My current ethnographic research in western Kenya examines the social dimensions of increasingly medicalized policy responses to the HIV epidemic. My interdisciplinary scholarship has appeared in numerous high impact journals including Social Science & Medicine, Culture, Health & Sexuality, International Journal of Drug Policy, and Medical Anthropology.