Faculty Books

GW's American Studies faculty have authored a number of critically acclaimed books in recent years. Here is a sampling of their work.

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Citizenship and the Origins of Women’s History in the United States

Associate Professor of American Studies Teresa Anne Murphy outlines the development of women's history from the late eighteenth century to the time of the Civil War.

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Performing Piety: Making Space Sacred With the Virgin of Guadalupe

Associate Professor of American Studies Elaine Peña's study examines three spaces considered sacred to the Virgin of Guadalupe—at Tepeyac in Mexico City, at its replica in Des Plaines, Illinois, and...

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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...