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Karla A. Erickson

Karla Erickson

Karla is a feminist ethnographer of labor. She studies interaction and community in market exchanges. Her first book, The Hungry Cowboy, was about a Cheers-like restaurant, and her second single-authored book How We Die Now studies how residents and workers in a Midwestern elder community manage the challenges of longer lives and slower deaths. Erickson serves on the board of Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Grinnell Community Day Care and Preschool. Erickson received her Ph.D. in the Department of American Studies with a minor in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2004, her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University in 1998 and her B.A. in English and Women's Studies at Illinois Wesleyan in 1995. 

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3330


(641) 269-4985

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On-Campus Address: 

116 B Alumni Recitation Hall
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

PH.D. University of Minnesota, American Studies and Feminist Studies, 2004

M.A. Hamline University, Liberal Studies, 1998

B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University, Women's Studies and English, 1995

Courses Taught: 

American Whiteness; Human Sexuality in the United States; Introduction to Sociology


Curriculum Vitae/Resume: 

Media Mentions: 

Dying Better, Even If It Means Sooner

U.S. News / February 29, 2016 

Midcareer Professors Need Love, Too

Inside Higher Ed / January 26, 2017 

Our Fixation on Midcareer Malaise

The Chronicle of Higher Education / March 15, 2017 

Helping Professors Overcome Midcareer Malaise

The Chronicle of Higher Education / May 07, 2017

Ways to Get Professors to Escape Career Ruts

The Chronicle of Higher Education / May 07, 2017 

The Four Types of Post-Tenure Professor

The Chronicle of Higher Education / May 07, 2017