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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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Remembering Jim Miller

James A. Miller

"Jimmy was a beacon of light when he was in high school. He was always a true and loving person." - Carolyn Weathers Read full memory

"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 Read full memory

"Jim was a great buddy to have on campus -- good listener and wonderful colleague to share ideas with. I will miss him greatly." - Yvonne Captain Read full memory

"We sat in a booth with our food and our sodas, shooting the breeze.  We gossiped about John Edgar Wideman and James Baldwin, told stories about our students (who, unbelievably, didn't know who Gwen Brooks was), carried on about politics.  What I loved about Jim was his outrage, his eloquence, his wisdom and his humor. Once the conversation started with Jim, you never wanted it to end." - Lisa Page Read full memory



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.

New Alumni Publications

Forever Vietnam

David Kieran, Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory

Chronic Youth

Julie Elman, Chronic Youth: Disability, Sexuality, and U.S. Media Cultures of Rehabilitation