Anne Dobberteen

Anne Dobberteen

Anne Dobberteen

Graduate Research Assistant

20th Century U.S. history, visual culture, public history, urban history

Anne is a Ph.D. candidate in history at George Mason University. Her dissertation explores the aerial visual culture of Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region, during the World War II years. Her broader research interests include: the visual culture of nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. cities, public history, women’s history, WWII home front culture, and the history of Washington, D.C.

She has served Digital Humanities Graduate Research Assistant at Fenwick Library, where she worked on a variety of digital history projects at the library's Center for Mason Legacies, including the Mason Family Account Book digital transcription project, and Black Lives Next Door, an interdisciplinary project and collaboration between faculty and students to explore race relations and the environs surrounding the early years of George Mason College and its transition to George Mason University.

As a public historian, Anne has curated exhibitions, conducted oral histories, managed collections, and done other public history and museum work at various organizations in Washington, D.C. She served as assistant curator of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection at the George Washington University Museum from 2013-2018. Click here for specific work experience.

Selected Publications

Digital history review, "Mapping Suffrage: The Push for the 19th Amendment in Washington, DC." Washington History, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Fall 2023).

“Eye of the Bird: Urban Views of Washington, D.C.” Washington History, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Fall 2019)

Grants and Fellowships

Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Predoctoral Fellowship at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2023-2024.

Cosmos Scholar, and Gerson Nordlinger Meritorious Award in the Arts recipient, Cosmos Club Foundation, 2023.

Doctoral Research Scholars Award, Office of the Provost, 2022-2023.

Summer Research Fellowship, Office of the Provost, 2022.

Kurt Andrew Dodd Scholarship, 2021.


The George Washington University, BA, History 2010

The George Washington University, MA, American Studies 2012

Recent Presentations

Popular Culture Association National Conference. "The Gamification of WWII Plane Spotting on the US Home Front." Panelist. March 2024 - accepted.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Seminar on Contemporary Science, Technology, and Culture. "Army Flash! WWII Women Plane Plotters & Aerial Visual Culture." Invited speaker. March 21, 2024. 

American Historical Association Annual Meeting. "Army Flash!: WWII Female Civil Defense Workers in the Aircraft Warning Service." Poster session. January 2024.

DC Mondays at the Museum, George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum. "Women Plane Plotters During WWII." Virtual Program. October 9, 2023.

University of Delaware History Workshop. "Visual Culture and WWII Women Plane Plotters." Invited speaker. October 17, 2023.

DC History Conference, “’Army Flash’: Female Civil Defense Workers at the Antiaircraft Artillery Command Center.” Panelist in  “Evoking Memory” panel. March 2023.

Conference on Community Writing, "Mason Family Manuscript Account Book: A Digital Documentary Editing Project." Virtual panel. October 2021.

Oral History Coffee Chat: Heurich House Museum - Home/Brewed Oral History Project. October 18, 2021.

Chesapeake Digital Humanities Conference, "Challenges and Ethical Concerns of Contemporary Collecting for a Digital Public Archive." Virtual panel. February 2021.