Become an American Studies Major

Fall 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

Disposable People

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

AMST 3950.D01 - Disposable People
Calvin Warren
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Seeing America

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

AMST 6190.20– Seeing America
Daniel Gifford
TR, 6:10-8:20
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Discussing Discrimination

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

AMST 3950.82/6190.83– Discussing Discrimination
Ceylan Ertung
MTWR, 4:00-5:30
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Power and Popular Culture

Summer 2016 Featured Courses

AMST 3950.D21 - Power and Popular Culture
Calvin Warren
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About Us

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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Department News

Thomas Dolan

Thomas Dolan awarded Gulbenkian Foundation Global Excellence Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that PhD student Thomas Dolan has been selected for a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Global Excellence Scholarship to support his research for two years.

Reflections from the class of 2016

Reflections from the American Studies Class of 2016

Hear from graduating seniors who reflect on their time in the department and even offer a little advice to future American studies students.

AMST Graduation 2016

Congrats to the American Studies Class of 2016!

This year’s graduation was a series of wonderful celebrations. The MA students were feted first, on May 14. The following day, the American Studies department hosted a warm reception for undergraduate majors in our historic townhouse, just before the CCAS celebration in the Smith Center.

Ariel Amaru wins Carper Prize

Ariel Amaru receives 2015-16 Carper Prize

The Carper Prize is given every year for the best research paper in the senior research seminar. The papers this year were fantastic, and awarding the Carper Prize was a challenge, given the well-researched and erudite work of our students. The winner was Ariel Amaru for her thesis, “From Legal to Social Authority: Black Women's Reporting of Domestic Violence.”

Talib Hudson, BA '04

Alumni Profile: Talib Hudson, BA '04

GW American Studies alums continue to make us proud! We want to share more of your stories. This semester we highlight the achievements of Talib Hudson, who serves as the deputy director of the Community Partnerships Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Brianna Nobles

BA/MA student Brianna Nobles receives 2016-17 Kwittken Fellowship

American Studies BA/MA student Brianna Nobles is a recipient of the 2016-17 Kwittken Fellowship, awarded by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

33 1/3

Gayle Wald selected as new series editor for 333 Sound

English and American Studies Professor Gayle Wald has been selected as one of the new editors of 33 1/3 Sound, a Bloomsburg Press book series on music and sound.

Kimberly Pendleton

Kimberly Pendleton receives 2016-17 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Each year, the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship offers a doctoral student a substantial amount of funding to assist in the completion of her dissertation on the subject of faith and philanthropy. Congratulations Kimberly!

Black Sexualities Symposium

American Studies hosts Black Sexualities Symposium

In April, the department hosted a symposium on Black Sexualities, inviting six visiting scholars to present new scholarship in the study of black sexuality

Left to Right: Shannon Davies Mancus, Michael Horka, Scott Larson. Not pictured: Craig Allen

Michael Horka receives Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award

We would like to congratulate PhD candidate Michael Horka on being awarded the Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award! Michael joins three other American Studies students, Craig Allen, Shannon Mancus, and Scott Larson, in winning this award.

Christina Hanhardt

American Studies presents 10th annual Collected Stories and Twice-Told Tales

This past March brought the department’s annual Collected Stories and Twice-Told Tales. In it’s 10th year, the event brings the GW community together for a two-day conference devoted to intellectual exchange and the exhibition of original student research. After a thought-provoking evening with keynote speaker Christian Hanhardt on Thursday, Mar. 4th, Friday commenced with presentations by 18 undergraduate and graduate students from American Studies, English, and Art History.

Julie Chamberlain

Julie Chamberlain Wins 2016 Cosmos Scholars Award

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Julie Chamberlain, for being recognized as a 2016 Cosmos Scholar!