About Erika

website photo 2019I teach Victorian Literature and Culture at the Royal Military College of Canada. Most of my research is on nineteenth-century exploration narratives, but I like the alternative histories that don’t get told in the big, beautiful, blockbuster books: the stokers and cooks onboard Royal Navy ships, backyard tinkerers who tried to sell their ideas to the Admiralty, the Admiralty’s own civil servants—the career administrators back home in London pushing paper to keep the machine of Empire ticking over—and of course the families whom the officers and men left behind to do their work. My research and writing  have been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Royal Military College’s Academic Research Programme. I’m grateful to both of these amazing institutions for the support they have given me to do the work I do, both academic and creative. I live in Kingston, Ontario.