Congratulations Carper Prize Winners!

Congratulations to the 2013-14 winners of The Elsie M. Carper Prize for Outstanding Senior Research Essays, Rachel Holbreich and Taryn Ferguson!

Read about their outstanding essays here

About Us

The Department of American Studies at The George Washington University is one of the nation's most rigorous and intellectually innovative departments devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and society. Internationally recognized for its research, our faculty is also committed to fostering a dynamic learning environment where undergraduate and graduate students work together with faculty to better understand the culture, politics and history of the United States and its role in the world. 

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Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation Makes a Significant Donation to American Studies

We are delighted to announce that the Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation has pledged a generous donation to our department to support student research.

The donation was made at the request of Libby Ellsworth-Kasch. Libby received her BA in American Studies at GW in 2008 and, after a stint working in D.C., returned to our department for her MA (2014). Libby has been an enthusiastic student of the politics of popular culture both as an undergraduate and graduate student. The Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation, established by her late father, supports education, and Libby is working with the foundation to underwrite research by students in American Studies. In particular, the foundation’s yearly donations for the next five years will go to helping graduate and undergraduate students who have travel or other expenses related to their original research projects.

These projects will include things like MA students carrying out additional archival work to turn research seminar papers into articles; PhD students doing oral histories for their dissertations; or undergraduate majors traveling to archives for their senior theses. In other words, this donation is an extraordinary contribution to American Studies at GW, and will allow us to advance the kinds of rigorous, cutting-edge research that our students and faculty are known for. Our warmest thanks to Libby and the Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation!


Summer 2014 Letter from the Chair

Want to know what's new in American Studies? Check out the Letter from the Chair that Prof. Melani McAlister wrote for our Spring e-newsletter. You can see all of our newsletters here

AMST Abroad!

American Studies major Hailey Murphy spent the spring semester studying abroad in Prague and was kind enough to share her experiences with us here.

How Sex Shaped American Literature

PhD student Scott Larson designed and taught the spring course Sexuality in Early American Literary Culture. He discusses his experiences here.