Fall Courses


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.

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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Department News

Jim Miller

Remembering Jim Miller

"I will always remember Jim's ability to perfectly and simply capture the most important things going on at the intersection of politics and scholarship. I would run into him on campus, and after he asked about whether I had been back to Lincoln, NE and praised its merits as a city, he would hand you a nugget of insight: In these days, everyone--I mean every American Studies scholar or otherwise--should be reading Marx's Capital. The comment came up because of the Starbucks cup in my hand, which he pointed to and said, Starbucks. It is the only place where labor isn't totally alienated. You see them making your cup of coffee." - Megan Black

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.

Dr. Michael Pasquier, Louisiana State University

Mergen-Palmer Lecture 2015: Dr. Michael Pasquier presents "Engineering the Sacred"

On Tuesday, October 6, faculty and students from the American Studies Department gathered for the 3rd annual Mergen-Palmer Distinguished Lecture in American Studies.