Spring 2018 Courses

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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 and Events

Democracy in Chains

Thurs, Mar. 22 | Nancy MacLean lecture: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University

Anayeli Nunez

Anayeli Nunez Wins Luther Rice Fellowship

Anayeli Nunez was selected for a Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship! These fellowships are part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences comprehensive undergraduate initiative to promote discovery- and inquiry-based education throughout the undergraduate experience at GW. The Luther Rice Fellowships offer support for student research carried out in collaboration with, and under the guidance of, at least one faculty mentor.

Polly Gregory

AMST Alumnus Polly Gregory (BA '16) Featured in Dinner Party Magazine

Poly Gregory (BA '16) was interviewed in Dinner Party Magazine for her work in costume design in Los Angeles.


Vyta Baselice Receives Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship

Vyta Baselice was selected as the 2018 Sally Kress Tompkins Fellow, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historic American Buildings Survey. This opportunity will provide resources to document a significant architectural project and write a history that will become part of the permanent HABS collection.

Savage States

Audra Simpson: Savage States: Settler Governance in an Age of Sorrow

Savage States is the third lecture in the inaugural GW Arts & Humanities lecture series entitled #Resist! Envisioning Justice Together, generously supported by the Provost's and CCAS Dean's offices.


Thurs, March 8th: Mergen-Palmer Distinguished Lecture in American Studies: American Animality

Professor Alex Blanchette (Tufts University) will give this talk about human-animal relations on industrial confinement farms in the United States, written for a moment when workers are increasingly being made to take on some of the pig’s basic biological processes as forms of labor.

1968 Initiative

Fri, Feb. 2nd: 1968 Initiative: Politics and Protest

The 1968 Initiative invites the larger GW community to come together for four brown-bag "salons" this semester to learn about and discuss key issues, moments and themes of 1968- a ground shifting year in the history of Washington, DC, the United States and the world. If you are an undergraduate, you are welcome to sign up for CCAS 2910 to earn credit for the 1968 Initiative.


AMST alumni Emily Dufton featured in New York Times Interview

Our alumnus, Emily Dufton's new book Grass Roots: the Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America was featured in the New York Times along with an interview.


GW AMST Alumnus Pat Nugent (PhD 2016) Awarded 2017 SACRPH John Reps Prize

Dr. Patrick Nugent (PhD, 2016) was awarded the 2017 SACRPH John Reps Prize for best doctoral dissertation in American city and regional planning history for his dissertation, “The Urban Environmental Order: Planning and Politics in New York City’s ‘Last Frontier.’”