Stefan Hock (M.A. '13) wins award from the Turkish Studies Association

Congratulations to Stefan Hock (M.A. '13), who won the 2013 The Sydney F. Fisher Graduate Student Paper Prize from the Turkish Studies Association for the best paper in Turkish or Ottoman studies. He received the award for his graduate thesis, “'Do You Know What It Means to Be a Woman?': Negotiating Kemalism and State Feminism During the Transition to a Multi-Party Republic in Turkey."

In September 2013, Stefan joined the doctoral program in history at Georgetown University. We wish him luck and success!


Students pursuing an MA or a PhD at the History Department work closely with GW's internationally recognized faculty in a broad range of specialties, including modern America, early modern Europe, and imperial and colonial studies. The MA program not only prepares students for PhD work, but also for a broad range of careers, from teaching high school students to government work to historical research in the private sector. Every PhD student receives full tuition remission and a full fellowship to cover living expenses for five years, during which they master relevant historiography and write a dissertation. Washington, D.C., has some of the best resources for historical research in the world, including the National Archives, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Library of Congress. Both our M.A. graduates and our Ph.D. graduates have gone on to have successful and prolific careers.

Ph.D. student Charles Kraus offers new take on the history of Sino-Soviet-U.S. relations

Congratulations to our second year doctoral student, Charles Kraus, on the publication of his second article in the acclaimed peer-reviewed journal, Cold War History.

"To Die on the Steppe: Sino-Soviet-American Relations and the Cold War in Chinese Central Asia, 1944–1952," offers a "narrative retelling of a little known but incredible journey from Xinjiang to New York City made by a group of ethnic Russians in the mid-twentieth century. [The article] shows how some of the earliest and most poignant manifestations of the Cold War, including nuclear rivalry and espionage, were made evident in Chinese Central Asia. Wrapped up within an intense competition for resources, information, and influence between the United States, the Soviet Union, and two Chinese regimes, the Russians at the heart of this article reveal how the Cold War was a truly global conflict which was intimately experienced by ordinary peoples and often times in the places most far removed. This episode is furthermore a reminder that even if the Cold War did produce stability at the macro-level, the outcomes of the strategic rivalry and competition between the Soviet Union and the United States were violent and tragic, not necessarily or exclusively for these countries but especially for their allies and accomplices."

Click here for a link to the full article.


International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War

  The International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War rotates each year between GW, UC Santa Barbara, and the London School of Economics.  In 2013 the conference was at George Washington University.  Charles Kraus, an Ed McCord PhD  student, was awarded the Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize for best paper at the conference.  (Photo -- participants at the 2011 conference at UC Santa Barbara).


Congrats to Justin Pope (Ph.D. '14)!

March 30, 2014

Justin Pope, who earned his Ph.D. this year, has just accepted a prestigious joint postdoctoral fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, at Brown University for the 2014-2015 academic year. We congratulate Justin and wish him the best!

Congrats to Professor Hickman (Ph.D. '10)!

Christopher Hickman, who earned his Ph.D. in US history in 2010 and is currently teaching at the University of North Florida, has just accepted a tenure track position at Tarleton State University in Texas. The department congratulates Chris and wishes him the best!

Ph.D. student Bob Isaacson wins Best Paper at the Annual History Graduate Student Conference

Congratulations to Bob Isaacson, 3rd year Ph.D. student, for winning the prize for Best Paper at the 9th Annual History Graduate Student Conference of the University of Maryland this past February. His paper was titled, "Antisemitism and Catholic Colonial Algeria in the Time of Dreyfus: Recovering the Conspiratorial World of La Croix de l'Algerie et de la Tunisie, 1899."