Dr. Shelley Eriksen, Professor

(Joint appointment with the Department of Human Development)

Email: shelley.eriksen@csulb.edu
Office: PSY 126
Phone: (562) 985-2124

Main Courses:

  • Sociology of Family (SOC 320)
  • Sociology of Women (SOC 325)
  • Families & Work (HDEV 340)
  • Seminar & Practicum (HDEV 470)

Research Interests:

  • Gender, race & class; families; health & medicine; sociology of the body; research methods; violence studies & prevention


  • B.S. (summa cum laude), Sociology, Southern Oregon University, 1986
  • M.A., Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1998

Selected publications:

  • Eriksen, Shelley. 2012. “’ To cut or not to cut: Cosmetic surgery usage and women’s age-related experiences,” International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 74(1), 1-24.
  • Eriksen, Shelley & Beth Manke. 2011. “’Because being fat means being sick: Children at risk of Type 2 diabetes,” Sociological Inquiry, 81(4), 549-589.
  • Eriksen, Shelley and Sara Goering. 2011. “A test of the agency hypothesis in women’s cosmetic
    surgery usage,” Sex Roles, 64(11-12), 888-901.
  • Eriksen, Shelley & Beth Manke. 2009. “Food as intangible heritage and cultural problematic.” Sharing Cultures. S. Lira, R. Amoeda, C. Pinheiro, J. Pinheiro & F. Oliveira (eds.) (pp. 193-200), Barcelos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute.
  • Eriksen, Shelley and Vickie Jensen. 2008. “A push or a punch: Distinguishing the severity of sibling violence,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24(1), pp. 183-208.
  • Eriksen, Shelley J. and Vickie Jensen. 2006. “All in the family? Family environment factors in sibling violence,” Journal of Family Violence, 21, No. 8 (November), pp. 497-507.
  • Eriksen, Shelley J. and Naomi Gerstel. 2002. “A labor of love or labor itself: Care work among adult brothers and sisters,” Journal of Family Issues, 23, 836-856.