Abbreviated C.V.

  • Associate Professor, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University

    Co-Director of ASU Public History

    Program Coordinator for History, for the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication

  • Assistant/Associate Professor of History, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2007-2015

  • Ph.D. (2007), History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Johns Hopkins University

  • M.A. (2002), B.A. (2000), History, University of Nevada--Las Vegas

Selected Publications

  • Seeing Underground: Maps, Models, and Mining Engineering in America. (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2014; paperback, 2016).

    Winner of the Mining History Association’s 2015 Clark C. Spence Award for the best scholarly book on mining history published 2013-2014.

  • David S. Tanenhaus and Eric C. Nystrom, "Pursuing Gault," Nevada Law Journal 17, no. 2 (2017): 351-370. Authors’ version:

  • Eric C. Nystrom and David S. Tanenhaus, "The Future of Digital Legal History: No Magic, No Silver Bullets," American Journal of Legal History 56, no. 1 (March 2016): 139-156. Author’s version:

  • David S. Tanenhaus and Eric C. Nystrom, "'Let’s Change the Law’: Arkansas and the Puzzle of Juvenile Justice Reform in the 1990s," Law and History Review 34, no. 4 (Nov. 2016): 957-997.

  • Eric C. Nystrom and David S. Tanenhaus, "Two Humanists Exploring Together: or, A View from the Weeds," Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History: Journal of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History 24 (2016): 339-340.

  • Eric Nystrom and Ronald M. James, "Mining and Nevada: An Entwined History," Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 57, nos. 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2014): 160-176. [2015]

  • "Underground Mine Maps & the Development of the Butte System at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology 37, Nos. 1 and 2 (2011): 97-113. [2014]

    Winner of the Society for Industrial Archeology’s 2015 Robert Vogel Prize for best journal article.

  • "In the Aftermath of Tragedy: Herschel Wence and the 1925 City Mine Disaster, Sullivan Co., Indiana," Mining History Journal 21 (2014): 22-29.

  • "'Brilliant Contingency of Legal Talent and Mining Experts': A Tonopah Apex Lawsuit, 1914-1918," Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 54 (2011): 101-125. [2013]

  • "Authority and Visual Culture in American Mining Technology, 1860-1920," in Mining Perspectives: Proceedings of the 8th International Mining History Congress, 2009 ed. by Peter Claughton and Catherine Mills (Truro: Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site / University of Stirling, 2011), 84-91.

  • "Underground Photography and American Mining Before 1920," Mining History Journal 17 (2010): 103-126.

    Winner of the Mining History Association's 2010 John M. Townley Award for best journal article.

  • "'Without Doubt the Most Accurate': Underground Surveying and the Development of Mining Engineering in the Pennsylvania Anthracite Region," Pennsylvania Legacies 9, no. 2 (Nov. 2009): 20-25.

  • "A Grand Galaxy of Talent: Lawyers, Experts, and Models in a Tonopah Mining Lawsuit, 1914-1918," in Boomtown History II: Celebration of Nye County Boomtowns ed. by Jean Johnson (Amargosa, NV: Nevada Boomtown History Event, 2007), 87-119.

  • "Miner, Minstrel, Memory: Or, Why the Smithsonian Has Bill Keating's Pants," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 131, no. 1 (Jan. 2007): 81-102.

  • "Mapping Underground Drifton: The Evolution of Anthracite Mine Maps," Canal History and Technology Proceedings 25 (2006): 79-96.

  • From Neglected Space to Protected Place: An Administrative History of Mojave National Preserve. Los Angeles: GPO, March 2003. Great Basin CESU Cooperative Agreement H8R0701001.

  • "Labor Strife in the Desert: the Union Pacific Railroad Shopmen's Strike of 1922 in Las Vegas," Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 44, no. 4 (2001): 313-332.

Digital History Projects

  • I created, developed, and maintain 9CHRIS: The 9th Circuit Historical Records Index System, which serves as a resource to help historians and researchers find and use historic records and briefs of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, dating from the 1890s to the 1960s. (Feb. 2013--)

  • Ronald M. James, Kenneth H. Fliess, and Eric Nystrom, Nevada Census Microdata, 1860-1920, Harvard Dataverse Network [Distributor], (1991--2014). Current version: v2, released Dec. 31, 2014.

    This is a complete-count data set of six decades worth of Nevada manuscript census records, which I helped to document, update, and make available for public use. (2014--)

Professional Societies and Service

I am editor of the book series Mining and Society, which I developed with the University of Nevada Press. We seek scholarly manuscripts on the interplay between mining and societies in all places and time periods. For more information, or to discuss a manuscript, please see the series webpage or contact me directly:

I served as editor of the Mining History News, the quarterly newsletter of the Mining History Association, from 2007-2015. I am also a council member (2014--) and serve on the MHA's Research Grants Committee (please apply!).

Since 2009, I have been involved with TEMSIG, the Technology and Museums Special Interest Group of the Society for the History of Technology. Among other duties, I am keeper of the listserv, so if you are interested in joining TEMSIG, please contact me.

I have been an actively involved with the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House since 2008 as a member and part of the Collections and Education Committee. I have also served on the steering committee for the museum's long range plan, and I joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. This small, professional museum preserves and interprets the longtime Rochester, NY home of famed equal rights advocate Susan B. Anthony. The house itself is a National Historic Landmark.

Digital Tools and Scripts