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Columbia College Chicago
Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy, PhD, is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.

Dr. McCarthy holds a BA in United States History from the University of Illinois at Champagin-Urbana, an MA in Public History, and a PhD in United States history from Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. McCarthy’s courses include “Oral History: the Art of the Interview,” “The Great Depression and the New Deal,” and “Baseball in History & Literature: a Contested Narrative.” Her honors oral history students have contributed more than 400 transcribed interviews collections at the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP), the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center in Chicago, the Chicagoland Anti-Apartheid Movement Project at Columbia College Chicago, and the Chicago Area Women's History Council.

In the spring of 2010, she served as the oral history project manager for a pilot oral history program entitled Hard Times Yesterday & Today: Loving Chicagoan’s Experience of the 1930s Great Depression and the Current Recession for the Center for Creative Aging at Harold Washington College in Chicago. A multimedia exhibit based on the program traveled from Harold Washington College to the Skokie library in September of 2010.

Dr. McCarthy’s article “’Is Oral History Good for You?’ Taking Oral History Beyond Documentation and into a Clinical Setting: First Steps” was published in the Oral History Review in 2010, and her essay “Oral History in the Undergraduate Classroom: Getting Students into History” is included in Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: an Anthology of Oral History Educators (Alta Mira Press, 2006).

Dr. McCarthy is also a Regional Workshop Leader for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project and board member of the Consortium of Oral History Educators. She has presented numerous oral history training workshops to a wide range of organizations and institutions, including the Teachers’ Academy for the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), held in Sofia, Bulgaria (summer 2009). She is a past recipient of the Oral History Association’s Postsecondary Teaching Award (2006) and is a former fellow of Columbia University’s Oral History Research Office summer institute (2003). From 1997-2004, she was the lead oral historian for the Columbia College Oral History Project.

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Dr. Erin McCarthy
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL