Ericksen, Julia A. 1941- (Julia Ann Ericksen)

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Ericksen, Julia A. 1941- (Julia Ann Ericksen)


Born November 24, 1941, in England; U.S. citizen; daughter of Harry Troughton (an engineering fitter) and Kathleen (a shop assistant) Smith; married Eugene Pennell Ericksen, April 7, 1966; children: Polly Joanna, Andrew Robert, Monica Amanda Jane. Ethnicity: "British." Education: University of London, B.Sc., 1964; University of Michigan, M.A., 1965; University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 1976. Politics: Liberal Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Ballroom dancing, cooking, hiking, reading, gardening.


Home—Philadelphia, PA. Office—Department of Sociology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122; fax: 215-204-3352. E-mail—[email protected].


Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, began as assistant professor, became professor of sociology, 1976—. Philadelphia Theater Company, member of board of directors.


International Academy of Sex Research, American Sociological Association.


Kiss and Tell: Surveying Sex in the Twentieth Century, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1999.

Other writings include Taking Charge of Breast Cancer, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA).


Julia A. Ericksen once told CA: "I became interested in sexual behavior surveys when I read in the Chronicle of Higher Education that the federal government had decided to withhold funding from a large national survey of sexual behavior. Since this survey had been designed to see if Americans were engaging in the kinds of risky sexual practices which could lead to a widespread AIDS epidemic, I wanted to understand why it was still so difficult to talk about sex. This took me through a fascinating journey involving political figures, researchers, and the discovery of about 750 surveys of sexual behavior taken over a one-hundred-year period.

"I write because I think I have something to say. When I write, I complete my first draft quickly. It is important to me to get a version of what I want to say down, even if it is flawed. At this stage I do not worry about finding the right word or phrase. I then read the material carefully and do rough editing. I then reorganize, and return to the editing again. I rewrite many times.

"In my new work, I write about women's experiences with breast cancer in a world where this disease has taken on a special and dreadful meaning. Part of my motivation is my own history of breast cancer. It has given me access to subjects that I would never have otherwise. I interviewed about 100 women about their experiences and wrote about their illness narratives, framing them in the cultural context of breast cancer in America."