Cutler Institute

Erika Arthur

Policy Analyst I, Justice Policy Program

Office Location

233D Wishcamper Ctr, Portland Campus




Erika Arthur works on project coordination, evidence research, and qualitative data projects for the Violence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative. Before arriving at the Muskie School, Erika worked as a cook, farmworker, bookseller, community organizer, and educator. She applies the communication, organization, and facilitation skills she learned in all of these different roles to her work with VAWA MEI, helping to ensure that all the pieces of the project move in harmony.

Erika received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Thought & Political Economy, a Master of Arts degree in U.S. History, and a Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research and activism have largely focused on the history and politics of incarceration, race and racism, gender and feminism, and war and militarism. When she’s not working for VAWA MEI, Erika can be found walking in the Maine woods, singing with the Harbour Singers hospice choir, or cooking up a feast.

Areas of Expertise

As a Policy Analyst I on the Violence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI) team, Erika is responsible for project coordination and qualitative research.