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


Core Research Strengths

 

  

Learn About Our Research

 


Our Highlights

 

Faculty Books

  

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Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940

Associate Professor of American Studies Chad Heap charts the development of the cultural practice of slumming in Jazz-Age America. Heap argues that slumming not only created spaces where affluent...

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Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Gayle Wald delivers the first biography of trailblazing performer Rosetta Tharpe. An African American guitar virtuoso, Tharpe influenced scores of popular musicians, from Elvis Presley and Little...

 

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