Associate Professor. Historian. Author.

By: Columbia College Chicago Online News

Welcome back to the Monday Hustle! This week’s Monday Hustle features Erin McCarthy, History of Chicago author.

Erin holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Loyola University Chicago. She is currently serving as the Interim Chair for Humanities, History & Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. The three words she uses to describe herself are: Schedule, Evaluate, Problem Solve.

In order to start her Monday off the right way, Erin needs a strong Irish tea with milk. When asked what last inspired her, Erin said, “Lately, I’ve been reading about a personal hero of mine, Katherine Graham, editor of The Washington Post (there is a new movie coming out about her and her decision to publish the Pentagon Papers)—I find her incredibly brave and inspirational.”

Erin’s first industry job was while she was in grad school when a history professor suddenly took a leave of absence and she was thrown into teaching the History of Western Civilization despite being not much older than her students at the time.

The advice Erin provides for people pursuing a similar career: “Don’t put energy into things you cannot change.”

Erin felt her career was really possible when she was hired as a tenure-track historian in the department of Humanities, History & Social Sciences at Columbia. Her next goal is to get her manuscript published.

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