Erika has always worn a lot of hats. Her first year teaching was 2001, in a high school math classroom for TRIO and Upward Bound programs. Her first publication in a peer-reviewed journal was in 2008, in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Today she is a middle-aged Researcher and PhD student in the Sociology Department at the University of Minnesota, and she is (still) a Senior Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she teaches Community Psychology. In 2020, she founded Professor City. She studies well-being in global contexts, and is in love with the Gallup World Poll for her ongoing research.