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PHD Candidate, History, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Master of Philosophy, History, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Master of Arts, History, University of Vermont
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, University of Vermont

Erik has taught courses on international environmental justice at the University of Vermont and global history and American environmental history at Brooklyn College. He was a Presidential Research Fellow working with Conversations in Black Freedom Studies at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library from 2015-2022. His research is on radical theatre and environmental movements, politics, and ideas in the 20th century United States.

Recent Courses

The Roof is on Fire: The Climate Change Crisis in History and Literature
American History Survey: 1865 to the Present
US Environmental History
American History Survey: Pre-Colonial to 1865

Selected Publications

  • “Staging Environmental Racism: The Free Southern Theater’s Environmental Justice Script and Documentary Theater,” The Journal of African American History, Fall 2023, forthcoming.
  • “Harlan County War” in Jeffrey Webb, ed., Energy in American History: A Political, Social, and Environmental Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).
  • “Farm Cooperatives for Black Freedom: A Review of Monica M. White’s Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement,” Science for the People, Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 2022.
  • “A Life Standing Against Racism and Empire: Elizabeth “Betita” Sutherland Martinez,” Monthly Review, Vol. 73, No. 11, April 2022.
  • “The Young Lords’ Fight for Environmental Justice in NYC” Edge Effects, July 2021.
  • “Remembering John O’Neal and the Free Southern Theater,” Black Perspectives, March 2019.
  • “A Tale of Two Intellectuals: Rachel Carson and Murray Bookchin on Science, Nature, and Humanity,” The University of Vermont History Review, Vol. XXIII, 2012-2013, 29-38.
  • “Elizabeth Martinez,” in Michelle Bollinger and Dao Tran, eds., 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed History (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012), 119-120.