Contact Information

Assistant Professor
University of California, Riverside
Department of Anthropology
1320B Watkins Hall
Riverside, CA 92521

United States of America

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Membership Category:
Early Career

Member Since: 2007


Jennifer Syvertsen, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Jennifer Syvertsen, M.P.H.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead



Ph.D.  University of South Florida
M.P.H. University of South Florida
B.A. Baylor University

Research Statement

I am a  medical anthropologist trained in epidemiology and global public health whose work focuses on improving the lives of socially marginalized populations. My research broadly addresses concerns related to gender equality, emotional wellbeing, structural vulnerability, and health disparities. Specifically, I  have used mixed ethnographic and epidemiologic methods to understand  substance use, sexual risk, intimate partner violence, and HIV/AIDS  in the urban United States, Mexico, and Kenya.

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Recent Publications

1.Syvertsen, JL, AR Bazzi & ML Mittal.* Hope amidst Horror: Documenting the “War on Drugs” in Tijuana, Mexico. Medical Anthropology, 36(6):566-583.

2. Malone, J, JL Syvertsen, BE Johnson, MJ Mimiaga, KD Mayer & AR Bazzi. Negotiating sexual safety in the era of biomedical HIV prevention: relationship dynamics among male couples using pre-exposure prophylaxis. Culture, Health & Sexuality, DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2017.1368711

3. Bazzi, AR, KA Yotebieng*, K Agot, G Rota* & JL Syvertsen. Perspectives on biomedical HIV prevention options among women who inject drugs in Kenya. AIDS Care, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1363369

4. Syvertsen, JL, C Paquette & RA Pollini. 2017. Down in the Valley: Trajectories of Injection Initiation among Young Injectors in California’s Central Valley. International Journal of Drug Policy, 44:41-49.

5. Wagner, KD, JL Syvertsen, S Virdugo, JL Molina & SA Strathdee. 2017. A mixed methods study of the social networks of female sex workers and their primary, non-commercial male partners. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1-21. DOI:

6. Yotebieng, KA* G Rota,* K Agot, C Cohen and JL Syvertsen. 2016. A qualitative study of substance use during pregnancy: Implications for sexual and reproductive healthcare in western Kenya. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 20(4):51-59.

7. Yotebieng, KA*, JL Syvertsen & N Romero-Daza. 2016. Introduction to the Special Issue: Building an Applied Anthropology of Global Health. Guest edited issue of Practicing Anthropology, 38(4):3-4.

8. Syvertsen, JL & A Guise. 2016. Navigating the Symbolic Violence of Applied Social Science Research with Vulnerable Populations. Practicing Anthropology, 38(4):23-26.