Erin N. Bush

Erin N. Bush is a doctoral student studying United States history with a focus on crime, 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 and the criminalization of girls in Virginia as they relate 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 1940.

Off campus, she works for a local technology company building and launching Internet products. She’s also an accomplished writer and photographer, with photos recently displayed in the online magazine Mental Floss. Prior to returning to academia, she was a contract research historian working on special projects for the U.S. Department of Justice. She received her bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree in American history from George Mason University.