Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eric studied Art (specialization in Ceramics) and Biblical Languages at Concordia University Chicago. Following Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Concordia Seminary (LC-MS), St. Louis, he earned a Master of Philosophy in Assyriology from Cambridge University in 2003. In 2006, he moved to Fayetteville to pursue a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. As an ancient Near Eastern archaeologist, Eric has excavated for twelve seasons at Tell Qarqur, Syria, two seasons in Dubai, and one season of survey work in Turkey.
After moving to Fayetteville, Eric has been an on-air DJ, Promotions Director, and Station Manager at KXUA 88.3FM (college radio), volunteered as Music Director for a local arts non-profit and annual charity fashion week event, and works in his "spare time" as a performing DJ in Fayetteville at bars, a roller rink, and one lucky local women's clothing store. soundcloud.com/dj-ej-kxua
His father has been a subscriber to National Review since the Sixties. Eric spent his early years looking at "help!" before broadening his vocabulary and sharpening his mind/wit with the rest of the magazine.