Horton-Vlach Fund

The Horton-Vlach Fund for American Studies

In honor of two of our professors emeriti, James Horton and John Vlach, the department launched the Horton-Vlach Fund for American Studies in Spring 2014. In honor of  the extraordinary legacy of research and teaching by these two faculty members, the Fund will support a broad range of American Studies activities, from research by faculty and students to public events and student enrichment activities. To donate, click here.

In Memoriam: Prof. James O. Horton, Emeritus Prof. of American Studies

American Studies is greatly saddened to learn of the recent death of our beloved colleague, James O. Horton, in February 2017. His family urges those who would like to donate in Jim's name to contribute to the American Studies Horton-Vlach fund, established in 2014 to jointly honor Prof. Horton and Prof. John Vlach. 

James Oliver Horton was the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University and Historian Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. He joined the GW faculty in 1977 and was awarded emeritus status in 2008, the year of his retirement. In 2006 Prof. Horton was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. That same year, he received the George Washington University President’s Medal for scholarly achievement and teaching excellence. Read more

Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation Makes a Significant Donation to American Studies

We are delighted to announce that the Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation has pledged a generous donation to our department to support student research.

The donation was made at the request of Libby Ellsworth-Kasch. Libby received her BA in American Studies at GW in 2008 and, after a stint working in D.C., returned to our department for her MA (2014). Libby has been an enthusiastic student of the politics of popular culture both as an undergraduate and graduate student. The Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation, established by her late father, supports education, and Libby is working with the foundation to underwrite research by students in American Studies. In particular, the foundation’s yearly donations for the next five years will go to helping graduate and undergraduate students who have travel or other expenses related to their original research projects.

These projects will include things like MA students carrying out additional archival work to turn research seminar papers into articles; PhD students doing oral histories for their dissertations; or undergraduate majors traveling to archives for their senior theses. In other words, this donation is an extraordinary contribution to American Studies at GW, and will allow us to advance the kinds of rigorous, cutting-edge research that our students and faculty are known for. Our warmest thanks to Libby and the Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation!