Doctor of Philosophy, American Studies (May 2017)
California State University, Sonoma
Master of English Literature (May 2012)
University of Washington, Seattle
Bachelor of Arts, English - Minor in Classical Studies (June 2007)
TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
Basic Psychological First Aid Certificate (November, 2017)
International Trauma Center & The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
C1 and C2, E3A Certified Facilitator (June 2017)
Equine Experiential Education Association
Trauma Informed Care 101 Certificate (November 2016)
Valley of the Moon Children's Center
Dissertation Fellowship, The Graduate School, Rutgers University-Newark, 2016-2017.
Animal and Society Institute's Human-Animal Studies Fellowship at Wesleyan University, Summer 2015.
Doctoral Fellowship Graduate Assistantship, Rutgers University, 2012 - 2016.
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Sonoma State University, 2010-2012.
Tom, Erica. "Humanizing Animals: Talking About Prisoners and Horses." 2018. Racial Ecologies edited by Leilani Nishime & Kim D. Hester Williams. University of Washington Press 2018.
Tom, Erica. "Gender and Power in Narratives of Natural Horsemanship: Producing 'Prey-Identified' Masculinity'." Humanimalia. 2015.
Tom, Erica with Mira-Lisa Katz. "Pasture Pedagogy: Reflections from the Field on Embodied Learning." Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools. Ed. Mira-Lisa Katz. Peter Lang: New York 2013.
"chimera". Women Studies Quarterly. Spring 2016.
"a wild, gentle thing". Pomona Valley Review. Spring 2014.
"good to leave". Pomona Valley Review. Spring 2014.
"what i learned". Volt. 2013.
INVITED TALKS AND LECTURES
"Humanizing Animals: Race and Species in Storytelling." Department of French, McMaster University. Ontario, Canada. March 31st, 2017.
"Successful Public Scholarship". Center for Law and Metropolitan Equity in the Rutgers Law School, April 15th, 2016.
"What is Publicly Engaged Scholarship?" Center for Law and Metropolitan Equity in the Rutgers Law School, December 11th, 2015.
"Horse Training Discourse and Practice, Within and Beyond Buck." NYU Animal Studies Initiative Event: Screening of, and Discussion of Cindy Meehl's Sundance Award winning film 2010 Buck, November 20th, 2013.
PUBLIC EVENTS & INSTALLATIONS
"Wildfire Memory Garden Project, Community Gathering." Belos Cavalos, An Equine Experiential Organization. Sonoma County, CA. December 30th, 2017.
"Horses of Newark". Military Park, Newark, New Jersey. October 7th, 2016.
"Humanizing Animals: Race and Species in Storytelling." Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University. Newark, NJ. October 6th, 2016.
"Sights and Sounds: Traversing Senses of the Animal". Wesleyan University. Middletown, CT. September 29th-October 1st, 2016.
"Hippophilia Americana". Belos Cavalos, An Equine Experiential Organization. Sonoma County, CA. October 22nd-25th, 2015
"Locating Lysippe: A Feminist Discussion Group". The Sitting Room, Women's Library. Cotati, CA. 2010-2012.
CONFERENCE PANELS ORGANIZED
“Creative Becomings: Thinking and Being with Earth and Animal.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Atlanta, Georgia. November 3rd-6th, 2016.
"Tracking Wilderness in Literature, Tourism, and Culture". American Literature Association, Symposium on Frontier and Border Rhetoric, San Antonio, February 25th-28th, 2016.
"Beyond the Stage: Creative Connections of Physical Listening". The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Rice University, Houston, November 8th-11th, 2015.
"Urban Animals". The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, October 9th-12th, 2014.
“Blurring the Edge: Becoming with Horses.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.” Atlanta, Georgia. November 3rd-6th, 2016.
"Border Horses: Equines as Liminal Figures in McCarthy's Border Trilogy". American Literature Association, Frontiers and Borders Symposium. San Antonio, Texas. February 25th - 26th, 2016.
"Men, Women, Horses and Wolves: The Instructive Interspecies Relationships of Cormac McCarthy". The Cormac McCarthy Society Conference. University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee. October 8th - 10th, 2015.
"Unsteady Horses: Exploring the Unstable Lives (and Symbols) of Equines in the Newark Mounted Police Unit." Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Southern Methodist University, Dallas. October 9th -12th, 2014.
"'Wilderness', Racism, and Speciesism: An Analysis of Human Imperialism, Race, and Power in Toni Morrison's A Mercy". Cultural Studies Association. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. May 29th - 31st, 2014.
"The Effects of Natural Horsemanship Within and beyond the Horse World: Gender Essentialism, Subversion, and 'Prey-Identified Masculinity'". The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Notre Dame. South Bend, Indiana. October 2nd - 6th, 2013.
"Equine Equity: Dissonance in the Contemporary Rhetoric and Practice of Women's Horsemanship". Graduate Animal Studies Conference. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan. February 8th, 2013.
"Heart Problems in Seabiscuit: Binding Binaries and Constructing the Extraordinary Among Multitudes". Darkness and Light: The Polarities that Divide History and the Shades of Gray In-Between. Rutgers/New Jersey Institute of Technology Federated Department of History. Newark, New Jersey. Thursday, May 28th, 2013.
"Bridling Bodies: The Fraught Function of Riding in Art and Action". Modernism and the Body. The University of Wyoming. Laramie, Wyoming. February 23rd and 24th, 2013.
Co-Founder and Facilitator. "Locating Lysippe", a feminist discussion group aiming to promote critical awareness through engagement with Feminist theory and current events at the Women's Library The Sitting Room. Sonoma County, California. 2010-2012.
Development Associate, Center for Law and Metropolitan Equity, Rutgers Law School, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ. 2013 - present.
Director of Arts & Education, Belos Cavalos, Equine Experiential Organization, Kenwood, CA. 2016 - 2018.
Director of Performance Art & Movement Research, Belos Cavalos, Equine Experiential Organization, Kenwood, CA. 2014 - 2016.
Assistant to the Director of American Studies, American Studies Program, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ. 2015-2016.
Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ. 2013-2014.