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.
We are proud to announce that our own PhD student Vyta Baselice, has been awarded the Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship for 2017!
Over the past 25 years, award-winning ethnographer and photographer Camilo Jose Vergara has traveled annually to Detroit to document not only the city's precipitous decline but also how its residents have survived. From the 1970s through the 1990s, changes in Detroit were almost all for the worse, as the fabric of the city was erased through neglect and abandonment.
Detailing the public health, literary, and journalistic constructions of the Iraqi smallpox threat prior to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Neel Ahuja outlines how security discourses configure planetary space and time through speculations of the environmental migration of figures of biophysical risk.
American Studies is greatly saddened to learn of the recent death of our beloved colleagure, James O. Horton, in February 2017. His family urges those who would like to donate in Jim's name to contribute to the American Studies Horton-Vlach fund, established in 2014 to jointly honor Prof. Horton and Prof. John Vlach.
Tanisha Ford explored how and why black women in the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa incorporated style and beauty culture into their activism.
George Washington University's “Remembering Biafra” conference will bring together scholars, activists, and humanitarians to examine the global impact of the Nigeria-Biafra War of 1967-70.
GW AMST alumni serve as leaders at the new African-American History Museum.