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+ Campus notification: Lockdown Lifted

The campus lockdown has been lifted.

(1:49 p.m.) There has been a report of two males with weapons near the Student Union. Lockdown immediately until further notice.

Update (2:15 p.m.): Three males, all wearing black, were last seen walking north near Dean St.

Update (2:31 p.m.): University Police, as well as other law enforcement from the area, are clearing campus buildings in the affected area. Please remain indoors until an all clear has been given.

Update (2:42 p.m.): The campus lockdown has been lifted.  A-State will resume normal operations.

Police are continuing to investigate the earlier report and are reviewing campus security footage.

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Dr. Erik Gilbert

Professor of History

Associate Dean, The Graduate School


  • Ph.D., Boston University, 1997, History
  • M.A., University of Vermont, 1990, History
  • B.A., William and Mary, 1986, Greek

Professional Credentials

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Award, 2004-05
  • AIYS/NEMERTA Fellow, 1997
  • Fulbright Fellow, 1994

Teaching Specialties

  • Global History
  • Indian Ocean
  • East Africa

Research Interests

  • Trading Tastes: Commodity and Cultural Exchange to 1750, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006, co-authored with Jonathan Reynolds.
  • Dhows and the Colonial Economy of Zanzibar, 1860-1970, Eastern African Studies series, Oxford, UK: James Currey, Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, Nairobi: EAEP, and Zanzibar: Gallery Publications, 2004.
  • Africa in World History, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2004, co-authored with Jonathan Reynolds.

Erik Gilbert

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2137
F: (870) 972-2880


Building: HSS
Room: 2059