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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Department Headlines

Kim Probolus

Kimberly Probolus, PhD student, points out lack of diversity in New York Times "Letter to the Editor"

Kimberly Probolus, a Ph.D student here in at the American Studies Department, submitted a letter to the New York Times editors calling on them diversfy their selection of letters to include a larger...

Class Notes, Winter 2019

Class Notes, Winter 2019



Faculty Books


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Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

Elisabeth Anker, associate professor of American Studies and political science, argues that American politics is often influenced by melodrama narratives from cinema and literature. This book focuses...

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The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York

Suleiman Osman locates the origins of gentrification in Brooklyn in the cultural upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, challenging the conventional wisdom that New York City's renaissance started in the...


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