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, 1910-1940”
Committee: Dr. Jennifer Ritterhouse (Chair), Dr. Stephen Robertson, Dr. Yevette Richards-Jordan, and Dr. Sharon M. Leon
Expected Defense: 2019
Exam Fields: U.S. History; Digital Methods & Pedagogy; Gender, Law & Society in America
Graduate Certificate: Women & Gender Studies
Additional Research & Teaching: U.S. since 1865; history of crime & punishment; Gender & women’s history; race & ethnicity in the United States; digital history & method
MA, U.S. History & New Media, George Mason University (2005)
BA, History & Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997)
George Mason University (2012-present)
History 696: Introduction to History and New Media, Spring 2016
(Graduate seminar for local high school Social Studies & Dual Enrollment teachers)
Instructor of Record <http://teaching.erinbush.org/s16h696/>
History 390: The Digital Past, 2013-present: Seven semesters.
(Undergraduate intro to digital history; satisfies the Information Technology requirement in the University-wide Mason Core)
Instructor of Record <http://teaching.erinbush.org/s18h390/>
History 389: Women’s History Since 1890, Spring 2012.
Guest Lecturer for Dr. Jennifer Ritterhouse: “Pink Collar Work: Female Office Workers in the Post-War Era”
History 100: History of Western Civilization, Fall 2012.
Teaching Assistant for Dr. Janet Walmsley
“‘Attracted by the Khaki’: War Camps and Wayward Girls in Virginia, 1918–1920,” Current Research in Digital History, Vol. 1, No. 1 [forthcoming August 2018]
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.
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 Jeanne Winston Adler, The Affair of the Veiled Murderess: An Antebellum Scandal and Mystery at H-Law, H-Net Reviews (March, 2012).
Digital Peer Reviews
“Introduction to PowerShell,” by Ted Dawson, The Programming Historian (2016)
“Finding the Truth in a Nutshell,” The Wellcome Collection Blog, April 17, 2015.
Presentations & Papers
“Teaching History Digitally,” Roundtable Panelist, 2018 OAH Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California, April 12-14, 2018 [forthcoming].
“‘Attracted by the Khaki’: War Camps and Wayward Girls in Virginia, 1918–1920,” Current Research in Digital History, Arlington, Virginia, March 17, 2018 [forthcoming].
“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 Presentations & Media
“The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” Lecture, The National Museum of Law Enforcement: Summer Forensics Camp, Summer 2018. [scheduled]
“The Dollhouses of Death that Changed Forensic Science,” Expert, Vox Media, October 2017.
“Death in Diorama: The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” Lecture, Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime: Local Crimes, Mystery & Forensics, Howard County Library, November 2011.
Tuition Scholarship Digital Humanities Summer Institute: R, Interactive Graphics, and Data Visualization for the Humanities, June 2016.
Historian, TJ & Associates, LLC., 2008-2011
Contract historian responsible for detailed database and historic research in conjunction with Environmental Protection Agency & U.S. Dept. of Justice cases. Specialized in archival, public document, and database research on various complex corporate and site histories. Conducted geo-spatial and network analysis related to World War II-era manufacturing & insurance projects. Listed expert witness on historic matters of significance.
Docent, Atlanta History Center-Swan House, 1999-2000
Volunteer historic site interpreter. Researched and wrote my own tour using local archives & collections. Emphasized local history, family, race, class, and gender in the 1920s and 1930s South.
Research Analyst, Murphy & Maconachy, Inc., 1997-1999
Project lead on complex database research associated with insurance & environmental clean-up cases related to EPA Superfund. Managed projects associated with: industrial histories, corporate histories, insurance archaeology, and geo-spatial analysis.
Docent, Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park, U.S. Park Service, 1997-1999
Volunteer historic site interpreter. Researched and wrote my own tours using the sites archives & collections. Emphasized 19th century town development, industry, and social life.
Service to the Profession
Website Coordinator, Executive Board, Coordinating Council for Women in History,
Graduate Student Representative, Executive Council, Southern Association of Women Historians, term 2015-2017.
Website Editor, Social Media Committee, Southern Association of Women Historians, 2013 – present.
American Historian Association | American Society for Legal History | Coordinating Council for Women Historians | Organization of American 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
- 18 years of full-time professional experience as digital strategist and technical project/product manager; built and launched Internet products and mobile apps; planned feature enhancements to existing online products; managed complex technical projects through agile development cycles; created documentation; and formulated plans for long-term sustainability.
- Broad knowledge and experience implementing web standards, accessibility guidelines, and usability best practices.