Department of History
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the George Washington University History Department is an intellectual community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and many associates and friends. With more than 40 full-time faculty, varied both in specialization and research methods, GW is an ideal place to study fields as diverse as modern Africa, early modern Europe, the history of colonialism and imperialism, modern America, and the Cold War.
Home to some of the most important research repositories and archives in the world, Washington is a unique and exciting place to study history. Studying history at GW provides students with the knowledge and analytical tools necessary for success in a wide range of careers and professions.
Featured News & Events
In June 2014, Professor Dina Khoury, along with Sergey Glebov, an historian at Smith and Amherst Colleges, led an NEH Summer Seminar for College and University teachers entitled "The late Ottoman and Russian Empires". The seminar, which included 16 participants from around the country, was one of only 11 funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Professor Dane Kennedy has been appointed to a two-year term to head the AHA's National History Center, an active organization which regularly reaches professional historians, policy-makers, and the general public. One of the Center's most active programs is its series of Congressional Briefings, which are regularly held on Capital Hill.
Associate Professor Hope Harrison has recently published a series of articles in The Washington Post, The Wilson Quarterly, and a number of German publications to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In them she considers the meaning of the Wall's fall, the subsequent collapse of the East German communist regime and how these events are being memorialized today.