PhD'18 (ancient history) University of Chicago


Research Interests

Social history of Roman Greece; food systems; social geography and extra-urban landscapes; survey archaeology; historical memory; religion, magic, and medicine in Greco-Roman thought; Roman religion


Producing a Province: Suburbanization and Agriculture in the Social Landscape of Roman Greece


Erika received her BA summa cum laude in history and German from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (2009) and an MA in history from the University of Chicago (2010). While previous research projects have concentrated on religion and medicine in the ancient Mediterranean, Erika's dissertation examines the role of agriculture and land tenure in the growth of Greek metropoleis and the restructuring of social hierarchies during the late Hellenistic–early Roman period that would facilitate provincial governance. This work aims to build a more complete picture of Roman Greece by focusing on the oft-neglected rural sphere and also to better understand the impact of Roman rule on Greek landscapes, daily life, and social memory.

As a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2015–16), Erika held the Philip Lockheart Fellowship and remained in Athens as the Doreen Canaday Spitzer Fellow the following year. She has excavation experience in Turkey and Greece and archaeological survey experience in Israel. She has taught courses on Greece and Rome, as well as a self-designed course entitled "Magic, Medicine, and Scientific Thought in Ancient and Medieval Europe." She has additional training and experience as a writing instructor and has served as a BA thesis advisor.

Outside her academic pursuits, Erika enjoys camping in the Upper Midwest with a giant dog she brought home from Turkey named Leyla.


Dissertation Awards for 35 students in 2016–17