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.
Please join us for the 2016 Distinguished Lecture in American Studies presented by Saidiya Hartman on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 5:10pm in Duques 151.
A big congrats to Joe Malherek, PhD '15, winner of the 2016-17 J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History!
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.
Hear from graduating seniors who reflect on their time in the department and even offer a little advice to future American studies students.
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.
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.”
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.
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.