Spring 2015 Office Hours

Recent faculty publications

Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China

In his new book published by Routledge Press, Prof. Edward A. McCord explores the intersection of military force and elite power in the formative years of modern Chinese history.

Innovative Partners: The Rockefeller Foundation and Thailand

In his most recent book, published by the Rockefeller Foundation, Professor Bill Becker explores the century-long relationship between the Foundation and Thailand.

Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State

Prof. Shira Robinson's new book, published by Stanford University Press, chronicles the paradoxical status of Israel's Palestinian Arab minority after 1948, as citizens of a formally liberal state and subjects of a colonial regime.

Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance

Prof. Dina Khoury's new book, published by Cambridge University Press, traces the normalization of war in Iraq during the last twenty-three years of Ba'thist rule.

The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia

Prof. Dane Kennedy's new book, published by Harvard University Press, chronicles the challenge of opening the interiors of Africa and Australia to British imperial influence in the nineteenth century.

The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere

Prof. Robert J. Cottrol's new book, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2013, examines the impact of law on peoples of African descent in the Americas.

The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy

Prof. Edward Berkowitz's new book, co-authored with Larry DeWitt and published by Cornell University Press, offers the first comprehensive history of Supplemental Security Income.

The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

Prof. Denver Brunsman's new book, published by the University of Virgina Press, explores how naval impressment helped to make an empire.

Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier

Prof. Benjamin Hopkin's new volume, co-edited with Magnus Marsden and published by Oxford University Press, explores the culture, society and politics of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier over a broad historical span and their relevance to wider debates about the dynamics shaping this and other comparable 'frontier' spaces.

Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s

Prof. Erin Chapman's recent book, published by Oxford University Press, explores the gender and sexual politics of this modern racial ethos and reveals the constraining and exploitative underside of the New Negro era's vaunted liberation and opportunities.

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

Prof. Dina Khoury

Professor Dina Khoury leads NEH Summer Seminar

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

Professor Dane Kennedy to head the National History Center

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

Remembering the fall of the Berlin Wall

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. 

The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers in Time Magazine

Brigid O'Farrell and Mary Jo Binker, members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers collection recently published an article on on the website

Meet the Chair

William Becker

Professor William H. Becker teaches and writes about business history, business-government relations, and the institutions of the international economy. His latest book, Eisenhower and the Cold War Economy, co-written with William M. McClenanan Jr., appeared in 2011.

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