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Erika Paterson

Discipline: English

Erika Paterson teaches for the English Department at UBC, in Vancouver, Canada (2005 2012), and has taught for the Semester at Sea program twice before (2008/2010). Receiving a BFA in Theatre (1991) and an interdisciplinary PhD (Anthropology & Performance Studies) from the University of Victoria (1998), Erika worked professionaly as an Artistic Director and toured nationally (1989 – 96) as well as conducting workshops in performance improvisation and collaborative theatre production. She spent several years in Latin America and the Caribbean (1999 – 2005): teaching English in Chiapas, studying Spanish in Havana, researching for the Cayman Islands Maritime Foundation, and in Honduras she assisted with the development a small university on Roatan Island: The Bay Islands University, where she was the first Chair of the English Language and Literature Department (2002-04). Erika has extensive maritime experience; at seventeen she began working as a deck hand on west coast trollers, working her way up to First Mate; she worked her way through the Panama Canal catching the hawser ball for yachts as she earned sea time for her studies with the Pacific Marine Institute where she earned her Class Four Master Navigation Papers (1981). Her hobbies are playing pool, photography and most recently, bicycling.