Pamela J. Prickett, Ph.D.

Pamela J. Prickett is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam and a research fellow in the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University. One of the youngest graduates of Boston University’s acclaimed broadcast journalism program, Pamela is a sought-after speaker who draws on her storytelling skills to bring her academic research – on topics spanning Islam, poverty, and gender – to broader audiences. Pamela has published in leading social science journals, including Social Problems, Gender & Society, Du Bois Review, and City & Community. She has received awards for her writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, American Sociological Association, and International Communication Association, and was recently awarded a major grant from the Luce Foundation to produce a podcast on gender and religion.  Her first book, Believing in South Central, the result of a decade of embedded research at an African-American mosque in LA, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2020.

Her book THE UNCLAIMED, co-authored with Stefan Timmermans, a deeply reported investigation of the lives of the unclaimed dead in Los Angeles, poses new and pressing questions about where we’re headed as a society, and what we owe each other, to be published by Crown.