Erin N. Bush

Erin N. Bush

Erin N. Bush

Graduate Teaching Assistant

U.S. History: 19th & 20th century social history, crime & legal history, digital research & pedagogy, women & Gender Studies.

Erin N. Bush is a doctoral candidate studying United States history with a focus on crime & punishment, women and Gender Studies, and digital history. Her dissertation, tentatively titled, "Marked for Reform: Race and Rehabilitation of Virginia’s Wayward Girls, 1910-1942," explores juvenile justice movements in Virginia as they related to other efforts to stabilize the social order and race relations in the New South. Her dissertation will focus on Virginia's two female juvenile reformatories–then segregated by race–and their management and rehabilitation of female delinquents between 1910 and 1942.

She's also an accomplished writer and photographer, with photos recently displayed in the Palais de Tokyo, and the online magazine Mental Floss. Prior to returning to finish her doctoral degree, she built her career in technology companies managing Web sites and the creative and technical people responsible for building them. Her technology background has influenced both her own research and her teaching. She received her bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree in U.S. history from George Mason University.

Courses Taught

Hist 390: The Digital Past


MA, History and New Media, George Mason University

BA, American History and Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Recent Presentations

"'Attracted by the Khaki': Warcamps and Wayward Girls in Virginia, 1918-1920," Current Research in Digital History, George Mason University, 2018

"Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Executions of Women in the U.S. Women’s History in the Digital World, Bryn Mawr, 2013