Teaching and doing digital history.

Curriculum Vitae

Erin N. Bush

PhD Candidate (ABD), Department of History & Art History, George Mason University, Fairfax VA

Dissertation (working title): “Marked for Reform: Race and Rehabilitation of Virginia’s Wayward Girls, 1910-1942”
Committee: Dr. Sharon M. Leon (Chair), Dr. Jennifer Ritterhouse, Dr. Yevette Richards-Jordan
Expected Defense: 2018-2019


Exam Fields: U.S. History; Digital Methods & Pedagogy; Gender, Law & Society in America
Graduate Certificate: Women & Gender Studies
Other Research & Teaching: U.S. since 1865; history of crime & punishment


MA, U.S. History & New Media, George Mason University (2005)
BA, History & Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997)

Digital Projects

Women on Trial: Exploring the History of American Woman through Criminal Trials, 2013

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Executions of Women in the U.S., 2012

Death in Diorama: The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, 2011


George Mason University (2012-2016)

Guest Lectures
“Pink Collar Work: Female Office Workers in the Post-War Era,” George Mason University, History 389-001: Women’s History Since 1890, Prof. Jennifer Ritterhouse, spring 2012.


Review of Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times, Vol. 2, by Beverly Greene Bond and Sarah Wilkerson Freeman, eds, in The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers [forthcoming]

Peer Reviewer “Using JavaScript to Create Maps of Correspondence,” by Stephanie J. Richmond and Tommy Tavenner, The Programming Historian (2017)

Review of Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans, by LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Journal of Social History Vol. 50, Issue 3 (2017) 587-589.

Peer Reviewer “Introduction to PowerShell,” by Ted Dawson, The Programming Historian (2016)

Invited Guest Contribution: “Finding the Truth in a Nutshell,” The Wellcome Collection Blog, April 17, 2015.

Book Note of The Missouri State Penitentiary: 170 Years Behind the Walls, by Jamie Pamela Rasmussen, The Journal of Southern History Vol. 79, Issue 4 (Nov, 2013): 1033.

Review of The Affair of the Veiled Murderess: An Antebellum Scandal and Mystery by Jeanne Winston, in H-Law, H-Net Reviews (March, 2012).

Presentations & Papers

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Executions of Women in the United States,” Women’s History in the Digital World, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, March 22-23, 2013.

Invited presenter: “Death in Diorama: The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime: Local Crimes, Mystery & Forensics, Howard County Library, November, 2011.

Service to the Profession

Website Co-Coordinator, Coordinating Council for Women’s Historians, 2016-2019.

Website Editor, The Southern Association for Women Historians, 2013-present

Graduate Student Representative, The Southern Association for Women Historians, 2014-2016.

Professional Memberships
American Historian Association | American Society for Legal History | Coordinating Council for Women Historians | Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era | Society for the History of  Children and Youth | Southern Association of Women Historians | The Southern Historical Association

Technical Highlights

  • Extensive knowledge of SQLite, MySQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, Excel, Adobe Creative Cloud, Basecamp, Jira, WordPress, Drupal, PowerShell, Git, R; basic knowledge of javascript, Python, D3.js.
  • 15+ years of professional experience setting digital and web strategy; building and launching Internet products and mobile apps; planning feature enhancements to existing online products; managing complex technical projects through agile development cycles; creating documentation; and formulating plans for long-term sustainability.
  • Broad knowledge and experience implementing web standards, accessibility guidelines, and usability best practices.

Professional History Experience

TJ & Associates, LLC. (2008 – 2011)
Contract historian responsible for detailed database and historic research in conjunction with EPA & US Dept. of Justice cases. Specialized in archival research, public document searches, and specialized database research. Listed expert witness on historic matters of significance.

Murphy & Maconachy, Inc. (1997 – 1999)
Research analyst in charge of complex database research accompanying large-scale insurance and environmental cases. Managed projects associated with: industrial histories, corporate histories, insurance archaeology, and geo-spatial analysis. Contributed to complex report writing, including acting as primary historian on a complex Standard Oil EPA clean-up case.