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. He is a specialist on El Salvador and has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles on Salvadoran history. His latest research looks at the historical memory of the Salvadoran civil war and will appear as Stories of Civil War in El Salvador in fall 2016 with the University of North Carolina Press. Ching co-founded the El Salvador Studies Working Group, an organization of more than 150 international scholars whose research focuses on El Salvador. He also serves on the editorial board of El Faro Academico, a weekly column in a Salvadoran online periodical that profiles new academic research. At Furman, Ching teaches courses in Latin American and African history, and he has led more than one dozen study abroad programs to Mexico, Central America, and southern Africa.