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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

#Resist! Envisioning Justice Together

#Resist! Envisioning Justice Together, A GW Arts and Humanities Series

Thanks to the generosity of the Provost's and CCAS Dean's offices, American studies is co-sponsoring the first GW Arts and Humanities Seminar, titled #Resist! Envisioning Justice Together. There will be two events in the fall and two in the spring. Mark your calendars now! Most events will be at 6 p.m. on a Thursday evening.

Moustafa Bayoumi

Thurs, Sep 28th: Islamophobia Now lecture feat. Moustafa Bayoumi

Mark your calendars for an upcoming lecture: Islamophobia Today w/ Moustafa Bayoumi, the first in a GW Arts & Humanities lecture series entitled #Resist! Envisioning Justice Together, the inaugural GW Arts and Humanities Seminar, generously supported by the Provost's and CCAS Dean's offices. The lecture will occur on Thursday, September 28th at 6pm in the Marvin Center Amphitheater.

Julie Chamberlain

Notre Dame's Cushwa Center Interviews Julie Chamberlain on travel grant research

PhD Candidate Julie Chamberlain was recently interviewed by the University of Notre Dame's Cushwa Center for the study of American Catholicism.


American Studies Faculty April 2017 News Update

American Studies faculty are in the news! Check out Professor Elisabeth Anker's latest of three interviews with Al-Jazeera. Also see Professor Richard Longstreth's quote in this Washington Post article!


Wed., April 12: Daphne Brooks: The Knowles Sisters' Political Hour: Black Feminist Sonic Dissent at the End of the Third Reconstruction

Join Africana Studies for their annual DC Emancipation Day Distinguished Lecture- cosponsored by the American Studies Department!

Vyta Baselice

Vyta Baselice Awarded Latrobe Fellowship

We are proud to announce that our own PhD student Vyta Baselice, has been awarded the Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship for 2017!

Detroit is No Dry Bones

April 5: Detroit is No Dry Bones: feat. Camilo Jose Vergara

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.

Staging Smallpox

Thurs. March 23: 2017 Mergen Palmer Distinguished Lecture: Staging Smallpox feat. Prof Neel Ahuja

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.

Michael Horka

Michael Horka awarded CCAS Graduate Teaching Fellowship

We are proud to announce that our own PhD candidate, Michael Horka, has been awarded the CCAS Graduate Teaching Fellowship for the upcoming academic year!

Prof. James O. Horton

In Memoriam: Prof. James O. Horton, Emeritus Prof. of American Studies

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

Tanisha Ford explores the emergence of the "Soul Style" movement

Tanisha Ford explored how and why black women in the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa incorporated style and beauty culture into their activism.