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 her colleague Sergey Glebov, an historian with a joint appointment at Smith College and Amherst College, led an NEH Summer Seminar for College and University teachers entitled "The late Ottoman and Russian Empires". The seminar included 16 participants - 14 college and university teachers as well as 2 graduate students - from around the country. The seminar was one of only 11 funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Professor Dane Kennedy has been appointed to head the American Historical Association's National History Center. His two-year term as director means he will lead an active organization which regularly reaches professional historians, policy-makers as well as 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, whose specializes in historical memory and its uses in Germany, remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall on its 25th anniversary. Through articles in the Washington Post, the Wilson Quarterly and a number of German publications, Professor Harrison considers the meaning of the Wall's fall, the subsequent collapse of the East German communist regime and how these events are being remembered and memorialized today.