About Erin N. Bush

I am a doctoral candidate 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 current research focuses on how constructions of gender, race, and class influenced the institutional and social responses to juvenile delinquency in Virginia at the turn of the 20th century.

Death in Diorama began as one of my graduate student projects at George Mason University in the Spring of 2011. In it, I combined my academic interest in forensics history with my personal interests in photography and used basic HTML and CSS to develop it.

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
Photo by Alexa D. Potter
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 with a master’s degree in American history from George Mason University.

All images of the Nutshells were taken by me with a Nikon 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 ebush3 @ gmu.edu.

As the Nutshell Studies are still used for training, the notes on the evidence presented in this site are all mine. They are not official solutions.