||Erin Cohn is entering her third year at Vermont Academy, having come to VA in 2010 after receiving her Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focused on the role of visual artists in civil rights activism in the United States from the 1930s through the 1960s. While at Penn, she served as a teaching assistant for courses in American history and taught a freshman writing seminar on the topic of Art and Race Politics in the 1930s and 40s. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
At VA, Erin teaches or has taught Foundations in History, U.S. History, AP U.S. History, Honors European History, as well a senior-level elective on Race and Ethnicity in the United States. This year she is also offering a research seminar for seniors that will allow them to develop a research paper or project to submit to Vermont History Day. She really enjoys teaching at a boarding school, particularly because it allows her to get to know each individual student really well, both academically and personally.
Erin grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is glad to once again be living in a place where it snows a lot. Whenever she travels anywhere else, it reaffirms her love of the beauty of the state of Vermont. She has also lived in Seattle, Boston, and Philadelphia. She currently lives in West Hill dorm with her husband, David, their five-year-old daughter, Dahlia, and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Ella. In her free time, she likes to write, bake, and go for walks. She also adores going to the movies. Two of her favorites include The Big Lebowski and Amelie.