News & Events

Graduate Student Donates 5-year Gift to Department

Libby Ellsworth-Kasch has pledged a five-year annual donation to the Department of American Studies in support of student research. 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, their 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.
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Shannon Davies-Mancus Wins 2014 Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

American Studies PhD student Shannon Davies Mancus has been named one of three university-wide recipients of the 2014 Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Established in Spring 2004 to honor university alumnus and Trustee Emeritus Philip S. Amsterdam (BA '62), this award recognizes "individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to GW teaching," as well as "the important contribution the university's graduate students make to the educational process."

Launching: The Horton-Vlach Fund for American Studies

In honor of two of our emeritus Professors, James Horton and John Vlach, the department has launched the Horton-Vlach Fund for American Studies. This fund honors the extraordinary research and teaching done by both of these scholars, the students they have influenced, and their legacy in their multiple fields of interest. You can read more about the fund here
Donations to the fund will support research and teaching by faculty and students in American Studies at GW. To donate to the fund, click here.

Dr. James Miller receives one the University at Buffalo’s most prestigious annual honors, the Distinguished Alumni Award

Please join us in congratulating American Studies Professor James Miller, who has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Buffalo! This award is given in recognition of exceptional career accomplishments, community or university service, and research and scholarly activity.

Teresa Murphy Wins 2011 Trachtenberg Prize for University Service

American Studies Professor Teresa Murphy has been named one of two university-wide recipients of the 2011 Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for University Service! This prize was endowed by University President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg to honor the memory of his parents and it is presented annually to tenured members of the faculty.

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Professor McAlister Presents at ECSSR Conference in Abu Dhabi

Professor McAlister Presents at ECSSR Conference in Abu Dhabi

Professor Melani McAlister presented a lecture entitled “Media Perceptions and Misperceptions: A Western Perspective” at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research (ECSSR) conference. The conference, “Islam and the West: A Civilized Dialogue,” took place in Abu Dhabi from May 16–17, 2011. 

Professor Offers Expertise to Save Building

Professor of American Studies and director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation Richard Longstreth testified as an expert witness against a proposal to demolish the historic Takoma Theatre.