About Erin

I am a doctoral student at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia studying late 19th/early 20th century American history with minors in digital research methods & pedagogy; gender, race & law in American society; and women and gender studies. My research focuses on how constructions of gender, race, and class influenced the institutional and social responses to crime at the turn of the 20th century.

Death in Diorama was built as the final project for History 697: History & New Media, which focused on the design and presentation of digital historical projects, for George Mason University's PhD program in History and New Media.

My other academic interests include progressive social movements at the turn of the 20th century, constructions of the family and class propriety, and the history of crime in the United States.

Erin taking pictures
Thank you to Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for letting me get this close to the models.

I received my bachelor’s degree in American history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated summa cum laude for my master's degree in American history from George Mason University.

All images of the Nutshells were taken by me with a Nikon DSLR and a variety of macro lenses. Historic shots of Mrs. Lee appear courtesy of the Glessner House Museum. For more information, please contact me at erin @ erinbush.com.

As the Nutshell Studies are still used regularly for training, the notes on the evidence presented in this site are all mine. They are in no way meant to be viewed as official solutions.