Teaching and doing digital history.

In Brief: Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Since interest in the Nutshells has continued to grow, I thought I’d do a brief roundup of my contribution to recent web articles and blog posts (includes photos I’ve shared and links):

Wellcome Collection Blog: “Finding the Truth in a Nutshell,” by Erin N. Bush

Fangirl Nation: Mistress of Death Interview with Erin N. Bush

Mental Floss: “The Nutshell Studies: How a Wealthy Grandmother Revolutionized Crime Scene Investigation

Stuff You Missed in History Blog: Frances Glessner Lee

Fat Pencil Studios: Dollhouse Murders

 

In Brief: The Digital Past – Fall 2014

In Brief: The Digital Past – Fall 2014

This semester, I've adjusted my H390 - Digital Past syllabus to focus student projects on Gilded Age/Progressive Era Chicago. My last two classes, which consisted of mostly non-majors, struggled with the breadth of  my "pick a topic in history" … [Continue reading]

Capital Cases in 1850s Virginia

This semester, I'm taking my very last course in the PhD program--the Doctoral Research Seminar. The purpose of the course is to research and write a substantial paper related to our dissertations. I've chosen to explore the circumstances of … [Continue reading]

Reflections on Discipline and Punishment

Reflections on Discipline and Punishment

Edward Ayers, Vengeance & Justice: Crime and Punishment in the 19th-Century American South (1984) Edward Ayers, in Vengeance & Justice, explores the rates and types of crime patterns in the South. Broadly, he is taking a quantitative … [Continue reading]

Reflections on Institutions: Female Prisons & Asylums

Reflections on Institutions: Female Prisons & Asylums

Benjamin Reiss, Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums & Nineteenth-Century American Culture (2008) Benjamin Reiss, in Theaters of Madness, questions the tensions between confinement and liberty in the early republic through an analysis of the … [Continue reading]

Reflections on Homicide in America

Reflections on Homicide in America

This week, we're evaluating two vastly different views on homicide in America--one from the perspective of the cultural work done to explain it and an another from the broad statistics and trends associated with the crime.  These readings offer two … [Continue reading]

Reflections on Domestic Law & Violence

Reflections on Domestic Law & Violence

Linda Gordon, Heroes of Their Own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence (1988) Gordon examines trends in family violence in Boston between 1870 to 1960. She argues that family violence is historically and politically constructed (as … [Continue reading]

Reflections on Juvenile Delinquents

Reflections on Juvenile Delinquents

Mary Odem, Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920 (1995) Odem analyzes reform and control over young women's sexuality between 1885 and 1920 through an in-depth study of … [Continue reading]

Experts and Deviance: Constructing Narratives of Deviant Behavior

Experts and Deviance: Constructing Narratives of Deviant Behavior

James Trent, Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States, 1994 Trent provides an excellent synthesis and analysis of the history of mental retardation in the United States between the Revolution and 1970. He … [Continue reading]

Reflections on Law & Rights for Women

Reflections on Law & Rights for Women

Joan Hoff, Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women, (1991) Hoff offers a comprehensive history of women in the United States and their struggle for the full rights and protection under the law. She traces this history by using … [Continue reading]