Faculty Bios

Topher Erickson

Office: 1188 Fort Street, Suite 301, Honolulu, HI 96813 (MP Building)
Office Phone:  808.544.1413
E-mail: terickson@hpu.edu

Topher Erickson
Instructor of Anthropology

Ph.D. Candidate American University
B.A. Hamline University
A.S. Minneapolis Community College
After ten years of practicing social work in Minneapolis Topher’s graduate work focused on issues of race, gender, and social justice. His passion and curiosity is motivated by the exploration of difference and transgression within and across culture(s). Merging his training in social work and anthropology Topher teaches courses on poverty, taboo, sex and gender, intercultural communication, as well as introductory and theoretical anthropology. As an advocate of engaged scholarship, Topher designs curriculum that brings students directly into the community. Topher has presented his work on Hawaiian ‘houselessness’ at the American Anthropological Association and is completing his Doctorate at American University in Washington DC.