Erik Ching joined the Furman faculty in 1998 after receiving his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a focus on modern Latin America and an outside field in Africa. The unfolding events in Central America in the 1980s had compelled him to pursue graduate studies, and while in graduate school he focused his research on El Salvador, specifically the events of 1932--a peasant uprising and a subsequent crackdown by the government. Ching received a Fulbright grant to conduct dissertation research in El Salvador in 1994 and 1995, but prior to going to El Salvador he traveled to Moscow, Russia in search of records relating to El Salvador in the archives of the former Soviet Union. He found a trove of documents that formed the basis for his first article-length publications. Since then, he has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles on El Salvador’s modern history. His current research looks at the historical memory of the Salvadoran civil war (1980-1992). During his time at Furman he has led numerous study away programs to Mexico, Central America, and southern Africa.