Home Examining the Past to Understand the FutureStudying history through today's lens Who We Are With an unparalleled location in the nation's capital, award-winning faculty and access to some of the most important research repositories in the world, the GW Department of History offers an ideal platform from which to explore our past. Undergraduate and graduate students are exposed to a diversity of topics, from the Africa diaspora to the Cold War, from imperialism to urbanization, from the founding of Islam to Jewish history, from race relations to labor, law and politics. Students graduate with the knowledge and analytical tools necessary for success in a wide range of careers. Departmental Mission Statement Support History Where We Are The Washington, D.C., area offers a front-row seat to history. Students are immersed in their surroundings through trips to museums, battlefields and historical sites including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Jamestown Settlement, the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Society of the Cincinnati and George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Through the department's collaborative relationships with institutions throughout the region, students also have extraordinary access to historical documents at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the National Security Archive and the Smithsonian Institution. News and Events "Thanks to the History Department, I was able to learn fascinating subjects, conduct important research, conference with knowledgeable and attentive professors, and graduate feeling prepared for the future as a historian." Max Skidelsky BA '20 History by the Numbers Our Highlights Department Headlines History Restored: The Untold Story of Black Civil War Soldiers April 28, 2023 History Ph.D. candidate and Marine veteran A.J. Cade was inspired by a forgotten Civil War regiment of all-Black soldiers and officers. Now, he’s bringing their legacy to life. Backlash: Inside Florida’s African American Studies Ban February 1, 2023 To history professor Erin D. Chapman, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ restrictions on the AP curriculum is a dangerous precedent—for educators and a divided country. Africa's Impact on the African American Experience January 25, 2022 How does Africa figure in “real and imagined ways” to the African American experience? Failing Grade: Are Americans Flunking History? June 22, 2021 History professor Christopher Brick has a lesson plan to raise our humanities IQ. Faculty Books The Tarikh-i Ḥamidi: A Late-Qing Uyghur History November 3, 2023 The Tarikh-i Ḥamidi is an epic and tragic history from the region of Xinjiang in northwest China, the homeland of the Muslim-majority Uyghur people. The Multiracial Promise: Harold Washington's Chicago and the Democratic Struggle in Reagan's America March 15, 2023 Drawing on a rich array of archives and oral history interviews, Gordon K. Mantler offers a bold reexamination of the Harold Washington movement and moment. Merits of the Plague March 7, 2023 History's Joel Blecher co-edited the first English translation of the preeminent meditation on plagues and pandemics from the Islamic medieval world. Community Still Matters: Uyghur Culture and Society in Central Asian Context December 1, 2022 Eric Schluessel presents a multidisciplinary overview of Uyghur studies today, highlighting contributions from Uyghur diaspora and exile scholars.