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Gregory Erickson

Clinical Associate Professor
(212) 992-7767
1 Wash Pl, Room 705

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Office Hours
Tuesday 10-11
Wednesday By Appt

B.M. Music, University of Minnesota, 1994
M.A. English, CUNY Hunter College, 1996
Ph.D. English, CUNY Graduate Center, 2004

Gregory Erickson has taught at the Gallatin School since 2004, specializing in courses on modern literature, popular culture, religion, and music including “Writing Twentieth-Century Music and Culture;” “Beyond Language: The Surreal, the Mystical, and the Monstrous;” and “Contexts of Musical Meaning.” He is the author of The Absence of God in Modernist Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and the coauthor, with Richard Santana, of Religion and Popular Culture: Rescripting the Sacred (McFarland, 2008). He has also published in journals such as the Henry James Review and the Journal of Popular Music Studies and in several scholarly collections of essays on television. Erickson is trained as a literary scholar and as a classical musician and performs regularly with professional orchestras and chamber ensembles. He is currently working on a book on heresy and the modern literary imagination.

Teaching and Research Interests

20th-century American and European literature; James Joyce; religion and literature; 20th-century music; music and literature; postmodernism; cultural studies; television studies

Gregory Erickson

Recent News


Professor Gregory Erickson has been awarded a 2017 University Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes faculty who have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of the University through their teaching.

Professor Erickson received a 2015-2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 2009 to recognize educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field.


Professor Erickson's article: “Arius and the Vampire: Figures of Heresy and Disruption in James Joyce’s Ulysses” appeared in in Religion and the Arts 20 (2016).

A new revised and updated second edition of Religion and Popular Culture: Rescripting the Sacred, which Professor Erickson wrote with Richard W. Santana, has been released by McFarland.


Professor Erickson presented the paper “Alternate Reformations: Finnegans Wake and Religious Iconoclasm” at the International James Joyce Symposium, which was held in London, UK, in June 2016.

Professor Erickson presented the paper “Questioning Body and Blood in True Blood and The Leftovers: HBO and the Heretical Imperative” the 2016 International Society of Heresy Studies conference, which was held in New York, New York, in June 2016.

Professor Erickson presented the paper “New Paradigms of Academic Writing: Fan/Critic/Student/Academic” at the Fan Studies Network conference, which was held in Norwich, UK, in June 2016.

Professor Erickson presented “‘The Time Lord’s Body is a Miracle’: Exploring Religious Spaces in Doctor Who” at the Popular Culture Association Conference, which was held in Seattle, Washington, in March 2016.

Professor Erickson organized the second conference of the International Society of Heresy Studies: “Heresy, Belief, and Ideology: Dissent in Politics and Religion,” which was held at Gallatin, June 1-3, 2015.

Professor Erickson presented his paper "Monks, Vampires, Goths, and Time Lords: The Posthuman Ruins of Whitby Abbey" at the 2015 Medieval in the Modern World Conference in Lincoln, UK, in July 2015.

Along with Scott Korb, Professor Erickson organized the David Foster Wallace and Ethics conference at Gallatin, held in April 2015.


Professor Erickson played in a contemporary music concert with the Infuse Ensemble: Espace des arts sans frontiers in Paris, France, in June 2016.


2018 Spring

What Do We Study When We Study Religion?

2017 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: Imagining the Library

2017 Fall

Transfer Student Research Seminar: Imagining the Library

First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Idea of Nothing

2016 Spring

James Joyce and Interdisciplinary Modernism