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Claire Sterk Claire Sterk is a cultural anthropologist, who works in a school of public health and is primarily interested in issues regarding women’s health, particularly as it relates to sexual behavior. Sterk was the first in her immediate family to attend college. She graduated with degrees in medical anthropology and sociology from the universities of Utrecht and Erasmus. She initially began her higher education career as a researcher and faculty member at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Georgia State University. Sterk has written two books : Tricking and Tripping: Prostitution in the Era of Aids and Fast Lives and Women Who Use Crack Cocaine. Claire Sterk has conducted fieldwork on the subjects of drug abuse, black women, suicide, Autoimmune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevention, and prostitution. Sterk has done research with other notable anthropologists such as Howard Kushner, Kirk Elifson and Richard Carproni. One of Claire’s study’s “ Tricking and Tripping: Fieldwork on Prostitution in the Era of Aids, focuses on prostitution and AIDS . The fieldwork is conducted in Atlanta and New York. Before Sterk could interview her informants, she had to locate the areas where prostitution was popular and then gain the trust of not only the prostitutes-- but the pimps. The results of the fieldwork helped Claire identify some of the reasons why the women specified in the study became prostitutes.The majority of the informants did not choose prostitution for their
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  • Fall '16
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