Department of American Studies


Creative thinkers,
historians and Researchers

Understanding the United States and its role in the world


Who We Are

The Department of American Studies at the George Washington University is committed to fostering a dynamic, interdisciplinary learning and research environment focused on understanding the culture, beliefs, policies, politics, urbanization and history of the United States and its role in the world.

Through a rigorous curriculum, we challenge our students to uncover fresh perspectives on how we live and engage with one another. Our long-standing ties with the Smithsonian Institution and other organizations within the nation’s capital further immerse students in unique experiences relating to historic preservation, museum curation, social politics and more. And our alumni have achieved success in a variety of fields, making their mark in virtually every sector of the economy.


Talib Hudson

"I found American Studies refreshing. It wasn’t a sugar-coating of American history. I felt that it gave a more honest depiction, that it really told the story of people on the ground."

Talib Hudson
BA '04

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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...

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Mon, Nov. 13th: Black Studies Now! Lecture Series| As Well as She Ever Was presented by Nicole Ivy

Dr. Nicole Ivy, visiting scholar at the Department of American Studies at GW, gave her lecture on November 13th, 2017 on the topic "As Well as She Ever Was: On the Clinic and Enslaved Women's...



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