Fall 2018 Courses

 Become an American Studies Major

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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

Elizabeth Rule

Mon. Apr 3| Rebuilding the Tribal/First Nation: Mohawk Girls and the Indian Act

Elizabeth Rule is is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation and came to the George Washington University in 2017 as the Assistant Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy and as a faculty member in the College of Professional Studies. She is a current Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellow and a Ph.D. Candidate in Brown University’s American Studies Department.

Gayle Wald

Professor Gayle Wald Interviewed on Fox8 Cleveland About Her Book, “Shout, Sister, Shout!”

American Studies Dept. Chair Gayle Wald was interviewed about her book "Shout, Sister, Shout!" ahead of Sister Rosetta Sharpe's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Absence of Hope

Thursday, April 19th: "The Absence of Hope: Underground Elements in 'Get Out'" by Jared Sexton

The Absence of Hope, presented by Jared Sexton, is the fourth and final 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. Jared Sexton is associate professor of African American studies and film and media studies at the University of California, Irvine.

Anayeli Nunez

Anayeli Nuñez featured in GW Today

GW Today featured a piece on American Studies major Anayeli Nuñez about her internship with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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.


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.

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.