A shelf full of history books in English and Arabic.


In the Department of History, our vibrant intellectual community of students and scholars does more than explore history. We make it every day.

Students take on local internships, immersive courses at historical sites and research projects alongside our more than 40 full-time faculty members. They have received awards from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the American Historical Association, the Turkish Studies Association, the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, the Cosmos Club Foundation and more. They have presented their work across the country and published books of their own with the top presses in the field.

Faculty are critically acclaimed authors and recipients of prestigious fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. They frequently win GW’s Morton A. Bender, Trachtenberg and Writing in the Disciplines awards for their excellence in teaching and engagement. They are authors of peer-reviewed journal articles, panelists at scholarly events and regular expert contributors for C-SPAN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal


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Albert Cramer

Albert Cramer

BA '12

"We went to the Library of Congress for our Dean's Seminar class on empires [to] see an exhibit of artifacts from the time of Columbus' arrival in the Americas. The maps and artifacts gave a visual history that one cannot get out of a textbook or lecture."