Erik Freeman

Erik Freeman, doctoral student, History Dept., University of ConnecticutOffice: Wood Hall 208


Advisor: Christopher Clark


Research Interests:

Nineteenth-Century Atlantic History (specifically North America and France), Communalism, Romantic Socialism, Capitalism, Abolition, Race, Environmental History, the American West and Mormon Studies



Erik first earned a BA in French from Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah and earned a second Bachelor’s degree in history from Utah Valley University. After four years of teaching French and History in Utah Public Schools, he moved to the Boston area where he earned an MA in History from Brandeis University. Erik is currently an instructor of history at the independent boarding school Choate Rosemary Hall, in Wallingford, Connecticut, where he teaches courses on modern European history, American history, environmental policy, and the American West. Erik also serves as head of the History, Politics, Religion, and Social Sciences (HPRSS) department for Choate Summer Programs. Erik’s publication in the Journal of Mormon History, “’True Christianity’: The Flowering and Fading of Mormonism and Romantic Socialism in Nineteenth-Century France,” won the Best Article Award at the Communal Studies Association’s annual conference in 2018.


Peer Reviewed Articles: 

“’True Christianity’: The Flowering and Fading of Mormonism and Romantic Socialism in Nineteenth-Century France,” Journal of Mormon History 44, no 2 (April 2018).


Selected Presentations:

“Communalism and Slaveholding Imperialism: the Southern Democrats’ Critique of Communalism, 1852-1887,” Communal Studies Association Annual Conference, Bishop Hill, Illinois, 2018.

“’The Most Appalling Social Chaos of Modern Times:’ Preaching the Mormon Apocalypse to French Socialists,” Communal Studies Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2016.

“Louis A. Bertrand’s Conversion from Icarianism to Mormonism,” Communal Studies Association Annual Conference, South Union, Kentucky, September 2011.

“A Mormon Revolution: French Mormon Mission President Louis Bertrand’s Predictions of America’s Destruction,” Mormon History Association’s Annual Conference, Saint
George, Utah, May 2011.

“Nineteenth Century French Communists and Mormons,” Guest presenter on nineteenth-century social and cultural history, History and Political Science Department’s Brown Bag
Colloquium, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, November 2010.


Selected Awards and Grants:

Best Publication Award–Article, Communal Studies Association, Oct 2018
Harry Marks Fellowship, University of Connecticut, Fall 2016
Conference Research Grant and Scholarship, Communal Studies Association, Oct 2016
Merit Scholarship, Brandeis University, 2012-2013