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Erika Frydenlund

Research Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University

Erika Frydenlund is a Research Assistant Professor at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University. Her primary research focus is on migration and mobility. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, master’s degree in statistics, and Ph.D. in International Studies. Additionally, she has graduate certificates in Women’s Studies and Modeling & Simulation. Much of her work focuses on combining quantitative and qualitative data in simulations for understanding the emergence, dynamics, and consequences of human migration and displacement.


  • –present
    Research Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University


  • 2015 
    Old Dominion University, Ph.D. International Studies
  • 2006 
    Virginia Tech, M.S. Statistics
  • 2002 
    University of South Carolina, B.S. Mathematics

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Computational Framework for Absorptive Capacity
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Minerva Research Initiative, Office of Naval Research