Dr. Erika Quinn

Dr. Erika Quinn

Assistant Professor

Office: B 201a
Phone: (309)467-6417
Email: equinn@eureka.edu


PhD, Modern European History, UC Davis, 2001

BA, History/German Area Studies, Cornell University, 1992

Research Interests

Central European cultural history; the politics of music; death and bereavement; gender

Teaching Interests

Eastern Europe, World History, twentieth-century

Professional Activity

I am researching for a project about war widows of twentieth-century Germany. My goal is to find widows’ own voices regarding their experiences and how they coped with loss and instability.

I have also just completed a manuscript, Franz Liszt: A Story of Central European Subjectivity. The book explores how the nineteenth-century piano virtuoso created various subjective stances in order to support his aims of becoming a well-regarded composer. Liszt’s subjectivities included the Romantic hero, Hungarian patriot, German nation-builder, and Catholic cosmopolitan. These varied stances were embraced by some of his contemporaries, while others simply saw them as but more expressions of Liszt’s charlatan nature. The book illuminates the malleability of self and identity in an age of increasing nationalism and other collectivist ideologies.


I enjoy cooking and eating, walking my dogs, reading science fiction, and doing ballet.