News & Events

Craig Lanier Allen Wins 2015 Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

American Studies PhD student Craig Lanier Allen has been named one of three university-wide recipients of the 2015 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."


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.
 
Read more about this generous gift here
 

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."
 

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.

 

Collected Stories and Twice Told Tales 2015

 “Collected Stories and Twice Told Tales” is the GWU’s Department of American Studies’ Annual Conference. This year’s conference themes were race, sex, performance, and play; and the keynote speaker was Robin Bernstein, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. The conference began on Thursday, February 26 with a roundtable reflection on Robin Bernstein’s recent, award-winning book Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights, and a keynote address from the author. On Friday, February 27, students and faculty presented their research in panels arranged by the organizing committee. Students and faculty were able to present works in progress, previously given and refined talks, as well as new materials. These “twice told tales” gave students and faculty the chance to get additional feedback on research they may have presented previously in another form or forum.