As an independent scholar in Santa Monica, California, Erik explores – Cultural Security – the interrelation of culture, identity, and perceptions of security. In publishing on the intersection of cultural property, diplomacy, and regional security, he examines the “alternative power” of artworks, historic structures, and monuments in foreign policy.
Following a decade in the software-development industry in the United States and the former East bloc, Erik pursued graduate studies in neuroscience. Dissertation research in retinal physiology led to studies in neuroaesthetics, which led to research on sharing of scholarship across disciplines. While serving as an analyst in Research Databases at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, Erik explored web-based methods for cross-disciplinary discovery of scholarly publications.
Erik has published in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Intelligence and National Security, and Cambridge Review of International Affairs and presents at conferences in art history, archaeology, information science, and criminology. He also teaches on Cultural Security and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Art Crime and as Adjunct Research Staff at RAND Corporation.
Erik holds a B.A. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Vision Science, both from the University of California at Berkeley.