Eric Dudley received his B.A. in History in 2009 from California State University, Sacramento. In 2012 he received his M.A in history from Kansas State University under the guidance of Dr. Charles Sanders. His M.A. thesis examined the generalship, and particularly the handling of subordinate generals, of Ulysses S. Grant.
His PhD dissertation examines the memory and memorialization of Union General James Birdseye McPherson, particularly exploring the four major memorials built in his honor and designed to preserve his memory, analyzing why and how his memory faded over time. Eric published “Remembering and Forgetting: The Memorialization of General James Birdseye McPherson in McPherson, Kansas” in the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains. He is the recipient of several travel and research grants including the James C. Carey Graduate Award, the Ina Belle Mueller Graduate Scholarship, the Colonel Peter Cullen Military History Fellowship, the Robin Higham Military History Research Award, and the Kenneth W. Jones Graduate Student Travel Award. He also received the A. Bower Sagaeser Teaching Award in 2016. Eric has a projected graduation date of December 2016.