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- Becker- Boris
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- Long Island History, New York Metropolitan area, Maritime History, Coastal History, Museum Education, Oyster Industry, Scallop Industry, Deep Sea Whaling Industry, Historical Memory, Women in History, Family History, Radium Girls/ Radium Dial Painters, Urban Waterfront, Park System, Parks and recreation
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- About Me
Erin Becker-Boris is the Assistant Director of the Huntington Learning Center in Patchogue, NY.
Erin earned her BA in Anthropology and History in 2017 and her MA in History in 2018- both from Stony Brook University. Her archaeological field experiences during her undergraduate studies took her to the forests of Southeastern Connecticut, the wilds of California and Nevada’s Western Great Basin, and the suburbs of Long Island. Erin earned her MS in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University at Shreveport in December 2020. She previously served on the board of the Association of Professional Volunteer Administrators (APVA) of Long Island.
During her graduate studies at Stony Brook, Erin researched the participation of Long Island Native peoples (specifically the Shinnecock, Montaukett, and Unkechaug nations) in the deep sea whaling industry, fishing industry, and the military; Erin focused on the ways in which women participated in these traditionally masculinized industries through and beside their husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, etc.
Her historical research focuses on the convergence of women, labor, and the environment through a global extractive maritime economy. Her work in museums grapples with investing local peoples in their resources (historical, environmental, and archaeological) as stakeholders through outreach, museum education, and the development of new public programming.
Erin has previously worked as the Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator at the Long Island Maritime Museum, a museum educator with the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, and an archaeology educator with the Suffolk County Archaeological Association. Starting in 2021, Erin created LIMM’s first ever Maritime Miler Virtual Challenge, an educational and physical journey to raise donations and awareness for the Long Island Maritime Museum. This challenge ran from May 2021- the end of November 2021. She is very excited to continue working on virtual fundraising to support her community’s involvement in maritime history.Erin’s interest in the marine environment of Long Island has driven her to volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Horseshoe Crab Survey and with the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society for beach cleanups, sea turtle necropsies, and seal population surveys.
In collaboration with Caroline Propersi-Grossman, Erin has created a podcast, titled “Scholars Beyond The Tower: Conversations From Our Fields”, (currently on hiatus) which launched in June 2020.
Erin’s current research focuses on the New York/ New Jersey Radium dial painting industry. The United States’ industrial might, commercial markets, military needs, public health, gendered labor, and legal system collided in the early 20th century over the tragic case of the New Jersey radium dial painters. Her current project aims to bring together historic news stories, oral history, internal correspondence from the United States Radium Corporation, environmental data, and family history to explore the legacy of the New Jersey radium dial painting industry with a focus on: 1) the inherent gendered violence in the deliberate harmful exposure of young, female dial painters to radium, 2) the physical, toxic state of the land left behind and the complications experienced by its current residents, and 3) issues of health and generational trauma among the families of the dial painters.
- Recent Publications
Review of An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights, New York History Journal. (February 2022)
Consultant on Virtual Aquapolis (2021-2022).
Scholars Beyond the Tower: Conversations From Our Fields. Podcast co-hosted with Caroline Propersi-Grossman (On Hiatus).
Public Presentations/ Lectures:
Great Grandma Barrett Was a Shining Woman: Reflections on the Radium Girls and Industrial Disease, The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Women in War Conference (May 21, 2021)
Invisible Labor: The Women Behind the Whaling Industry. Presentation for South Country Library (March 2021).
Outreach, Education, and Public Programming: Bringing an Anthropology Degree to the Museum Classroom. Career Talk for University of Washington, Anthropology Department (March 2021)
On the Effects of Holocene El Nino Variation on Neotoma Size in Baja California. Paper presented at 13th Annual Stanley J. Olsen Memorial Zooarchaeology Conference at Eagle Lake, California (July 2016).
Works In Progress:
Lighthouses Around the World. Benchmark Education (Accepted, awaiting publication)
Review of George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide. Long Island History Journal. (Under Review)
Review of Enemy of Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Middle Ground Journal (2022)
Review of Underground Empires: Two Centuries of Exploration, Adventure, and Expertise in New York’s Cave Country, Hudson River Valley Institute (Summer 2022)
Review of Shipwrecked: Coastal Disasters and the Making of the American Beach, H-Net Maritime (2022)
Review of Before Central Park, The Metropole (2022)
Review of The Volga: A History, LSE Review of Books (2022)
Review of Liberty’s Chains: Slavery, Abolition, and the Jay Family of New York, New York History Journal (2023)
Manuscript in progress, The Dark Side of Luminosity: The Legacy of the 20th Century Radium Dial Painting Industry in New Jersey Natures
- Media Coverage
- Country Focus
- United States
- Expertise by Geography
- Atlantic, North America, United States
- Expertise by Chronology
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- Expertise by Topic
- Environment, Family, Food History, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Labor, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Technology, Urban History, Women