Erica Metcalfe

Dr. Erica Metcalfe

Assistant Professor of History

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Dr. Erica Metcalfe specializes in twentieth century United States history and African American history. She has a B.A. in Africology and an M.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. In 2016 she graduated from Howard University with a Ph.D. in U.S. history. Metcalfe taught at Texas Southern University and Houston Community College before coming to GGC. 

Metcalfe’s objective as an educator is to get students engaged in historical thought through collaborative learning, critical reading and effective writing. For students, collaborative learning allows for the exchange of thoughts and ideas from their peers. Weekly reading assignments enhance course material and also provide opportunities for students to learn how to interpret primary and secondary sources. Lastly, through writing assignments, students learn to construct persuasive historical arguments and convey their thoughts clearly and effectively. Through collaborative learning, critical reading,and effective writing in the classroom, students are able to develop the skills necessary to become successful history students. 

Metcalfe has had a broad range of experiences in her field. In 2010 she worked on the March on Milwaukee civil rights digital history project, an award-winning online collection of digitized papers, photographs, unedited news footage and oral history interviews of locally and nationally known civil rights activists. She has presented her research at various conferences including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and the American Historical Association (AHA).


  • Doctorate – U.S. history – Howard University
  • Master's – history – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Bachelor's – Africology – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Academic Interests

  • Twentieth century African American history
  • Social and political movements
  • Women's history
  • Local history


  • “Protesting Policing: Black Community Resistance in 1950s Milwaukee,” International Journal of Africana Studies (Forthcoming Spring 2019).
  • “Commanding a Movement: The Youth Council Commandos’ Quest for Quality Housing,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 98, no. 2 (Winter 2014/2015): 2-15.
  • “‘Future Political Actors’: The Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council’s Early Fight for Identity,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 95, no. 1 (Autumn 2011): 16-25.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History 
  • American Historical Association 
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society
  • Organization of American Historians