Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century American History, History of Education and Knowledge Institutions, Civil Societies, History of Science and Technology, George Mason and the Mason family, and the Old South
George Oberle received his Ph.D. in History from George Mason University. He currently serves as the History Librarian at George Mason University and has held several librarian faculty appointments since 2004. He also teaches courses as an Assistant (Term) Professor of the Department of History and Art History at George Mason.
He is working with a team of scholars who are exploring the impact of George Mason and the Mason family upon the region, which includes a digital project focused on publishing the Mason Family Papers and a book focusing on the Mason family. His book manuscript in progress titled Forge of Learning: Institutions of Knowledge in the Early Republic explores the impact of the "information revolution" in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries for the development of the early republic in the United States. This revolution centered around questions of how to provide access to useful knowledge to the nation's citizenry while also assuring that this knowledge was authentic and promoted the public good. He has recently given presentations at the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists, the American Historical Association, and the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies.