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Dobie, Edith (1887–1975) - British History

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Edith Dobie, an expert on the British Empire and British colonial affairs from 1830 to 1841, was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, on February 10, 1887 (year of birth sometimes listed as 1894). She was the daughter of William and Phoebe Ann (Derry) Dobie. She graduated from high school in 1903 and taught for two years in a small country school, then in the Bradford public school. She received an A.B. from Syracuse University in 1914, then taught as a history instructor at Cortland Teachers College (later State University of New York College at Cortland). In 1918 she became a history instructor at Westfield (Massachusetts) Teachers College (later Westfield State College), and in 1920 she was a history instructor at Trenton (New Jersey) Teachers College (later Trenton State College).

In 1922 Dobie received an M.A. from the University of Chicago and became an associate professor of history at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Four years later, she earned her Ph.D. from Leland Stanford Junior University (later Stanford University) and became an instructor in the problems of citizenship. That same year, she became an instructor in history at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she remained until 1957, when she retired as a full professor and research consultant to the university. During that time, Dobie received a Phi Beta Kappa grant-in-aid to do research in London for the Social Research Council of New York City, and in 1953 she was a Fulbright scholar in Malta. From 1961 to 1962 she was visiting professor of history at Elmira (New York) College and the University of Alberta, and in the summer of 1961 she was visiting professor at the University of Atlanta. In 1975 Edith Dobie established a Syracuse University scholarship for women graduate students in the department of history. She died in Seattle, Washington, on April 24 of that same year.

Dobie’s publications include The Political Career of Stephen Malloroy White: A Study of Party Activities Under the Convention System (1927; reprinted by Stanford University Press in 1971); Problems in International Understanding (1928); If Men Want Peace (a contributer; 1946); The Historiography of the British Empire-Commonwealth (1966); and Malta’s Road to Independence (1967).

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