Susan Erikson, PhD

Biography  

Dr. Erikson studies highly complex political and economic systems that shape human health experiences. She is a medical anthropologist who has worked in Africa, Europe, Central Asia, and North America. During an earlier international affairs career, Dr. Erikson first lived in an eastern Sierra Leonean village for two years before working for and/or with government departments and foreign affairs organizations on foreign policy and trade issues. As an academic, she combines her practical experience with a critical study of global political economy of health.

Her current research is on the financialization of global health, particularly new forms of global health aid funding, including the first pandemic bond. Publications on that work are found in The LancetMedicine Anthropology Theory, and Critical Public Health.