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Anne Fertig

Public Humanist | Digital Historian | Book Scholar
Digital Projects Editor, George Washington Presidential Library

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About Me

As a scholar and as a public humanist, I aspire to amplify silenced histories and create bridges between university and community audiences. To these ends, I have launched over fifty public programs, including virtual and in-person lectures, storytelling circles, archival exhibits, digital galleries, and literary symposia. As a scholar, my research centers around questions of historiography, women's sovereignty, queenship, and the history of the book. 

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Public Humanities

Roles and Positions

George Washington Presidential Library

Digital Projects Editor

Lead producer for the George Washington Podcast Network and editor of the Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington. My projects include transcription projects, livestreaming, and other digital history initiatives. 

Jane Austen & Co.

Founder | Co-Director

Lecture series about Jane Austen and her broader culture context. Events attract audiences of up to 400 people from around the world. We have hosted over forty events in five series.

Jane Austen Summer Program


The Jane Austen Summer Program is an annual symposium focusing on the life and works of Jane Austen.

UNC Inaugural Scottish Gaelic Lectureship

Programming Coordinator

To support the lectureship's endeavors in fundraising and community engagement, I organized lectures, exhibits, ceilidhs, and a community luncheon in collaboration with Ayr Mount Historic Site, Carolina Performing Arts, and the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill.

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August 2015- May 2022

PhD in English and Comparative Literature

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

August 2014-December 2015

Masters of Philosophy in English Literature

University of Glasgow 

August 2014-December 2015

Masters of Literature in Scottish History

University of Glasgow 

August 2009-May 2013

Bachelors of Arts in English Literature

Rollins College



The Secrets of Washington's Archives

A ten-episode podcast and video series undercovering the hidden stories of the George Washington Presidential Library through interviews with librarians, curators, historians, and fellows.


Jane Austen & Co.

Watch full free lectures, Q&As, and interviews online with Jane Austen & Co. I co-host all Jane Austen & Co. sessions and moderate the audience Q&A.

"Doing Public History with Dr. Anne Fertig"

A guest appearance on Conversations at the Washington Library, where I chatted with Dr. Jim Ambuske on public history and memory.


"Whigs and the Tories"

In 2021, for the Jane Austen Summer Program's virtual symposium, I gave a ten-minute "context corner" on the differences between the Whigs and the Tories. You can see this talk and coordinating lesson plan through JASP+.


Doctor Syntax and the Picturesque

An early digital editing project, I co-developed this online critical edition of The Tour of Doctor Syntax: In Search of the Picturesque. This critical edition remains one of the only modern editions of Doctor Syntax, and it is entirely free for public audiences. 

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 ‘A Song of Glasgow Town’: the Collected Works of Marion Bernstein. Co-edited with Edward H. Cohen and Linda Fleming, (Association of Scottish Literary Studies: Glasgow, 2013).

Refereed Articles

  • “A Marion Bernstein Manuscript.” co-written with Edward H. Cohen, Review of Scottish Culture 28 (2016): 1-6.

  • “A Curious Exchange between Marion Bernstein and Mary Inglis,” co-written with Edward H. Cohen, Studies in Scottish Literature 41 (2016): 267-276.

  •  “Marion Bernstein and the Glasgow Weekly Mail in the 1870s,” co-written with Edward H. Cohen, Victorian Periodical Review 49.1 (2016): 9-27.

Book Chapters

  • “Marion Bernstein,” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. David Cannadine. (2023).

  • “Teaching Jane Austen through Public Humanities: The Jane Austen Summer Program,” co-written with Inger Sigrun Brodey and Sarah Walton, The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen, eds. Cheryl A. Wilson and Maria H. Frawley. (Routledge: 2021)

  • “Castle Howard”; “Conirdan”; “Julius Fitz-John,” The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820 (Forthcoming).

  • “’Ancient, Hardy, Pugnacious, and Poor’: Margaret Oliphant’s Form and Conformation in ‘Scottish National Character’ and Kirsteen.” The Essay: Forms and Transformations. Eds. Dorothea Flothow, Tanja Deinhamer, and Markus Oppolzer. (Heidelberg: 2017)

Other Publications

  • Review, Classical Caledonia: Roman History and Myth in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Newsletter (Summer 2021)

  • “Genre, Authorship, & Fluidity in Walter Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.” Literary Archaeologies: Print to Digital, 2016. 

  •  “Agitation and Emigration in the Highland Press in the 1880s,” Argyll Colony Plus: The Journal of the North Carolina Scottish Heritage Society, 31.3 (Fall/Winter 2017): 129-140.

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