The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Eriks Bredovskis

PhD Program

Areas of Interest:

Cultural and Intellectual History, European History, History of Empires, Colonialisms, and Indigeneity, History of Gender, Sex, and Sexualities, History of Migration/Diaspora, Russian History, Social History


Eriks' dissertation examines the lived experiences of individuals in intra-urban transit systems in the early twentieth century and how those experiences influences the construction of gender and class. He specializes in Modern German from ca. 1850-1950. Eriks is studying under the supervision of Professor James Retallack. He also investigates Latvian diaspora and family histories in Canada; and experiences of civilians in warfare. His broader interests include: nationalism and nation-building; colonialism and imperialism; place-making; localism and local identity; digital humanities.



  • 2016, MA, University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
  • 2014, BA (hons.), University of Toronto