Emily Dufton

Emily Dufton joined the department in 2008 after attending New York University (Gallatin, '04) and serving in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa, where she worked as an agriculture extension agent. She completed her comprehensive field examinations in "Critical Theory," "Cultural History," and "The Politics and Culture of Race, Gender, and Sexuality" in December of 2010. She has presented at numerous local and national conferences (including MAPACA, PCA/ACA, AHA, and the annual U.S. Intellectual History Conference) on the flash mob phenomenon, the politics surrounding cinematic representations of social movements, youth-directed Christian anti-drug programs, and representations of Africa and Africans in conservative publications during the height of the American civil rights movement. Her research interests include the history of drug use and anti-drug activism in the United States; political, social and cultural history; the history of American social movements and their political and social effects; and cultural and political conservatism. Her dissertation is a historical chronology of the Parent Movement, a grassroots social movement formed in 1976 that drastically altered America's war on drugs through its focus on preventing youth drug use through parental activism and anti-marijuana education.

Emily has been a member of the coordinating committee for the department's annual Collected Stories conference, and she is a qualified teaching assistant in GW's University Writing Program. She has been a teaching assistant in courses covering American cultural history, American diplomatic history, American architectural history, US-Middle Eastern cultural encounters, World War II in history and memory, and freedom in American history and popular culture. Her work has been published with the Atlantic and the Journal of Popular Culture.