Dr. Shelley Eriksen, Professor


(Joint Appointment with the Department of Human Development; Project Director Not Alone @ the Beach)

Email:  shelley.eriksen@csulb.edu

Office:  LA3-103C

Phone: (562) 209-0314

Project Link:  Not Alone @ the Beach, https://cla.csulb.edu/natb/


Main Courses: 

  • Sociology of Families (Soc 320)
  • Sociology of Gender (Soc 325)
  • Sociology of Health and Medicine (Soc 462)



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


Current Research & Professional Activities:

Dr. Eriksen is a medical sociologist and research methodologist who engages intersectional feminist frameworks to explore the social factors that shape health experiences for adults, children and families. She has published broadly on topics related to public health, family violence, national and international medical markets, and violence studies and prevention. Her most recent research outlines systemic approaches to sexual assault advocacy services and gender/power-based violence prevention strategies on university campuses and communities. One of her forthcoming articles outlines the ways in which the traditional field of leadership studies has largely failed to acknowledge the leadership of women (and men) in the multiracial feminist movements against sexual and domestic violence over the past half-century.

Since 2018, Dr. Eriksen has been the project director of Not Alone @ the Beach, a grant-sponsored initiative that provides confidential support services to sexual assault survivors and gender/power-based violence prevention to the CSULB campus community. 


Representative publications: 

Eriksen, Shelley J. and Jackson Katz, “Credit where it is due:  Gender violence prevention education as a leadership issue,” in S. Tan & L. DeFrank-Cole (Eds.,) A Research Agenda for Gender and Leadership, London: Edward Elgar Publishing (forthcoming, 2022)

Eriksen, Shelley J. 2021.  “Gender violence prevention as leadership education:  Feminist-inspired bystander training for college student leaders,” Journal of Leadership Education, 20(4), 86-106.

Eriksen, Shelley J., Sheetal Chib, Jackson Katz, Yanet Cortez-Barba, Pam Rayburn, and Leah Aldridge. 2021. “The best of times, the worst of times:  ‘Best practices’ in survivor support and gender violence prevention education on college campuses,” in Women & Therapy, Special Issue:  Resistance & Recovery in the #metoo movement, 44 (4):  https://doi.org/10.1080/02703149.2021.1978047

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 and 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 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.

Recent Grants and Awards:

January 2018-December 2022, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Campus Sexual Assault Program, Not Alone@ the Beach.  Project director and PI:  Shelley Eriksen.  Total grant amount: $1,800,000.00 

Advancement of Women Award recipient, 2017, from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), California State University, Long Beach.