Erik hails from Kansas, which, contrary to popular belief, is not flatter than a pancake, but has plenty of hills and forests (and is not in black and white). He attended the University of Kansas for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Classics. During his time at KU, Erik won an award that helped fund his participation in a summer study abroad program in Rome and Campania, Italy, and composed Latin poems that were featured in the Classics Department annual publication, The Odes of March. Erik has since won a fellowship for five years in New York University’s Classics Ph.D. program; he is in his second year. He plans to focus on Greek historiography but is also fascinated by Presocratic philosophy, on both of which he has worked in the past.
As a teaching assistant in the Master’s program at KU, Erik taught his own sections of Latin for three semesters (first-year Latin and Vergil’s Aeneid). He also gave lectures in a course on Greek art and archaeology, substituted in various professors’ Latin classes, and tutored Latin and Ancient Greek. After completing the M.A., Erik took a year to work as a teaching assistant for an English as a Second Language program, also at KU, before applying to Ph.D. programs across the country and deciding on NYU.
In his free time, Erik likes to draw, write, hike, and exercise. He is an avid traveler, particularly in the Mediterranean, where his academic career lies, and Scandinavia, where his family finds its origin.