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.
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.
Hear from graduating seniors who reflect on their time in the department and even offer a little advice to future American studies students.
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.
The Carper Prize is given every year for the best research paper in the senior research seminar. The papers this year were fantastic, and awarding the Carper Prize was a challenge, given the well-researched and erudite work of our students. The winner was Ariel Amaru for her thesis, “From Legal to Social Authority: Black Women's Reporting of Domestic Violence.”
GW American Studies alums continue to make us proud! We want to share more of your stories. This semester we highlight the achievements of Talib Hudson, who serves as the deputy director of the Community Partnerships Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
American Studies BA/MA student Brianna Nobles is a recipient of the 2016-17 Kwittken Fellowship, awarded by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
English and American Studies Professor Gayle Wald has been selected as one of the new editors of 33 1/3 Sound, a Bloomsburg Press book series on music and sound.
Each year, the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship offers a doctoral student a substantial amount of funding to assist in the completion of her dissertation on the subject of faith and philanthropy. Congratulations Kimberly!
In April, the department hosted a symposium on Black Sexualities, inviting six visiting scholars to present new scholarship in the study of black sexuality
We would like to congratulate PhD candidate Michael Horka on being awarded the Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award! Michael joins three other American Studies students, Craig Allen, Shannon Mancus, and Scott Larson, in winning this award.
This past March brought the department’s annual Collected Stories and Twice-Told Tales. In it’s 10th year, the event brings the GW community together for a two-day conference devoted to intellectual exchange and the exhibition of original student research. After a thought-provoking evening with keynote speaker Christian Hanhardt on Thursday, Mar. 4th, Friday commenced with presentations by 18 undergraduate and graduate students from American Studies, English, and Art History.