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Spring 2016 Courses

Department News

Megan Black accepts a postdoctoral fellowship in Global American Studies at Harvard University

We would like to congratulate Megan Black, one of the American Studies PhD students, on her acceptance to a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Global American Studies at Harvard University.

Craig Allen

One of our TAs here in the American Studies Department, Craig Allen, recently won the Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Jacqueline Drayer

We would like to congratulate our BA/MA student, Jacqueline Drayer, on being awarded the Fulbright Study Research Grant!

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown, a doctoral candidate here at the American Studies Department, recently won the Graduate Student Essay Award from the North American Society for Sport History.

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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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Department News

Christina Hanhardt

Collected Stories 2016 Lecture: Christina Hanhardt presents: This is Not a Safe Space: Cities, Classrooms, and Critique

The Department of American Studies presents the 2016 Collected Stories and Twice Told Tales Keynote Lecture on Thursday, March 3rd, 5:00-7:30PM.

Julie Chamberlain

Julie Chamberlain Wins 2016 Cosmos Scholars Award

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Julie Chamberlain, for being recognized as a 2016 Cosmos Scholar!

Dr. Amber Wiley

Amber Wiley is recognized as a 2016 Emerging Scholar

Amber Wiley (PhD 2011) has been named as a 2016 Emerging Scholar in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

Free Zone

Dara Orenstein wins the Kluge Fellowship

Professor Dara Orenstein has won the Kluge Fellowship, a year-long appointment at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Jim Miller

Remembering Jim Miller

Students and colleagues share their memories of Professor Jim Miller

Megan Black

Megan Black is honored as a finalist for the Gabriel Prize for Best Dissertation

Megan Black has been nominated as a finalist for the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize.

Professor Richard Longstreth, Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Richard Longstreth receives awards for Architectural Excellence

Professor Richard Longstreth has won an award for Architectural Scholarship and Preservation Advocacy from the Society of Architectural Historians.

Professor Elisabeth Anker

Elisabeth Anker is honored as a finalist for the Romero First Book Prize

Professor Elisabeth Anker has been nominated as a finalist for the American Studies Association's Romero First Book Prize.