The faculty and students who make up the Department of American Studies combine interests drawn from a variety of perspectives and methods of inquiry: history, folklife, cultural studies, literary analysis, and political theory, as well as the study of art, architecture, performance, and visual culture. Students at all levels develop individualized, interdisciplinary programs of study in consultation with faculty advisors.

Dr. James Miller receives one of 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 at Buffalo! This award is given in recognition of exceptional career accomplishments, community or university service, and research and scholarly activity.

Teresa Murphy wins Trachtenberg Prize for University Service

Congratulations to Professor Teresa Murphy, one of two university-wide recipients of the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for University Service! The prize is presented annually to a tenured member of the faculty to recognize exceptional service to The George Washington University.

Ramzi Fawaz Wins Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Congratulations to PhD student Ramzi Fawaz, one of three university-wide recipients of the 2011 Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award! The award is given to honor individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to GW teaching and to recognize the important contribution graduate students make to the educational process.

Alumni Highlight: Natalie Zelt

Natalie Zelt is a PhD student in the department of American Studies at the University of Texas where she studies photography's intersections with American culture.  After graduating from GWU in 2008, she became the curatorial assistant for photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where she co-curated and co-authored WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath.  The exhibition is currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. She recently completed work on an exhibition for the Houston Center for Photography entitled See Food: Contemporary Photography and the Ways We Eat, which opened in November 2013. 

Photo of Natalie Zelt