About

Eric is Professor of Anthropology at Wheelock College, Boston, MA, USA (click here for his Wheelock profile).  He has taught at Wheelock since 2006.  He is also a Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA (profile).

Eric has long-standing interest in the people of Papua New Guinea, especially one community of Iatmul speakers along the middle Sepik River, with whom he has studied for more than 20 years.  He first conducted fieldwork for two years in the late-1980s, and has returned many times.  Currently, he is writing a book about Iatmul art and visual aesthetics, both their traditional and tourist art as well as how the Iatmul today ‘decorate; their world through the display of modern images and decoration and modern music.

Eric also has long-term interest in Jewish studies.  He is, in fact, perhaps the only anthropologist today who shifts his research, writings, and public speaking between Jewish Studies and Melanesian Studies.

As you can see from visiting other pages on this website, I have published four books, numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, delivered scores of conference papers, frequently make public presentations, and write guest columns for newspapers and other public media.

Prior to Wheelock, Eric was the Edward Myers Dolan Professor of Anthropology at DePauw University in Indiana, where he taught from 1992-2006.

He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota in 1993; his MA in Anthropology, also from the University of Minnesota in 1987; and his B.A. in Anthropology from Brandies University in 1984.  He also studied from 1982-1983 at  College Year in Athens, Greece.  Please click for his full curriculum vitae.