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.
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 explores 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.
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.
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.