Columbia’s Shadow: American Imperialism and German Anxiety, 1898–1918
Eriks' dissertation examines German anxiety about American empire from the 1880s to the 1920s through the lens of imperial culture and global history under the supervisions of Professors James Retallack, Carol Chin, and Eric Jennings. He specializes in Modern Europe from ca. 1850–1950. Eriks also investigates Latvian diaspora and family histories in Canada, specifically memories of visiting the Latvian Soviet Republic in the 1970s and 1980s. His broader interests include: Personal Archives; Family & Nationality; Migration History; Localism and Local Identity; and Digital Humanities.
“Sketching America: German Depictions of the United States and Woodrow Wilson (1914–1918).” German Studies Review 42, no. 3 (October 2019): 469–97. doi: 10.1353/gsr.2019.0077.
“Practicing Empire: Germany’s Colonial Visions in the Pacific Northwest.” In German and United States Colonialism in a Connected World: Entangled Empires, edited by Janne Lahti. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. in press.