Paul Erickson is the Program Director for Arts, Humanities & Culture and American Institutions, Society & the Public Good at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he is the staff lead for the Academy’s Commission on the Arts and the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship.
Prior to joining the Academy in September 2016, he served for nine years as the Director of Academic Programs at the American Antiquarian Society, an independent research library of pre-20th-century American history, literature, and culture located in Worcester, MA. There he managed the Society’s fellowship programs, conferences, academic seminars, undergraduate courses, and directed the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture and the Center for Historic American Visual Culture. He has worked in publishing, organization design consulting, and for the Social Science Research Council’s Program on International Peace and Security, and has served on governance or advisory committees of the Bibliographical Society of America, C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, the National Humanities Alliance, the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.