Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Professor of History


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

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

Courses Taught

World History, African History, Indian Ocean History

Research Interests

Rice, Maritime Trade, the Failings of Higher Education

Publications include:

  • 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


Building: HSS
Room: 2059

Office Hours

 Tuesday and Thursday: 1:30-3:00pm

 Wednesdays: 1:00-3:00pm