Erik Christiansen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Public History Coordinator at Rhode Island College
Dr. Erik Christiansen is an associate professor of history and coordinator of the public history program at Rhode Island College, where he has served on the faculty since 2010. He is the author of Channeling the Past: Politicizing History in Postwar America (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), a work that examined how Cold War-era Americans interacted with representations of history that were created by corporate and other political or economic interests. Dr. Christiansen oversees and is affiliated with several projects that seek to connect a broader public with local and regional history, and has fostered partnerships with many community educational and historical institutions. His focus for research and teaching is recent United States cultural and political history.
RIC/AFT – Vice President, 2015-Present
Rhode Island Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission – Member, 2011-2017
Summit Neighborhood Association – Board Member, 2015-Present
- Ph.D., History | University of Maryland, 2009
- BA, Music | University of Miami, 1996