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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

Dr. Nicole Ivy

Black Studies Now! Lecture Series| As Well as She Ever Was presented by Nicole Ivy

Dr. Nicole Ivy presented the third lecture in the Black Studies Now lecture series on November 13th, 2017. The series explores the state of black studies as it relates to American studies.

Black/Latinx Politics of Freedom

Thurs, Oct 26th: Black/Latinx Politics of Freedom feat. MC Intifada

Mark your calendars for Black/Latinx Politics of Freedom feat. MC Intifada, the second event in the #Resist! Envisioning Justice Together lecture series. This inaugural GW Arts & Humanities series is generously supported by GW CCAS, the Provost's office, and Africana studies. We hope to see you there!

Amber Musser

Monday, Oct 23rd: Black Studies Now! Lecture Series| Carrie Mae Weems lecture by Amber Musser

The Department of American Studies invites you to the second lecture in Black Studies Now! Dean's lecture series, "Carrie Mae Weems and the Sensations of Brown Jouissance" by Professor Amber Musser.

Rana Hogarth

Monday, Oct 16th: Black Studies Now! Lecture Series| Medicalizing Blackness feat. Rana Hogarth

The Department of American Studies invites you to the first lecture in Black Studies Now! Dean's lecture series, "Medicalizing Blackness: Perspectives from the American Atlantic and Antebellum Worlds" by Professor Rana Hogarth.

#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.


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!


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!

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!