Erin is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in central European art and architecture, principally in the Czech lands from the mid 19th century to the early 20th. Her research interests include national identity creation and symbolism, and the role of nostalgia, particularly in the use of folk art and costumes in artworks at the turn of and then throughout the 20th century. Erin holds an M.A. from Georgia State University and has been an instructor at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Kennesaw State University, Southern New Hampshire University online, and IU. She has taught survey courses and art appreciation courses covering prehistoric cave art to contemporary street art, led discussion sections, and taught an upper-level Women Artists course online.