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Bush, Erin N., Ph. D.

Erin N. Bush, PhD., is an assistant professor of U.S. and digital history at the University of North Georgia. Her research revolves around the societal punishments and cultural responses to crime in the United States, particularly crimes committed by women or children. She is a digital historian who uses digital technologies, particularly data about crime, to help ask and answer questions about the past. She is completing her book, Under the Guise of Protection: Wayward Girls, Eugenics, and the Growth of Social Authority in Twentieth-Century Virginia, which explores the child saving movement in Virginia as it related to other eugenic efforts to stabilize the social order and race relations in the New South. She is the creator of Death in Diorama: The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a digital history project which explores the miniature crime scenes created by Frances Glessner Lee, the “mother” of forensic science, in the 1940s and 1950s. She’s also an accomplished writer and photographer, with photos recently displayed in the Palais de Tokyo, and the online magazine Mental Floss.