Alumnus teaches US History in Denmark

Professor Andrew Hartman (PhD 2006) moved to Denmark to be the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark for the 2013-14 academic year

Former History Major Co-produces Hit Indie Film

Sam Slater (class of 2006), a real estate developer, is the co-producer of a new independent film "Drinking Buddies." The New York Times labeled the movie, a romantic comedy focusing on two workers at a Chicago craft brewery, a "nimble, knowing and altogether excellent new film." It will open in Washington on August 30


We are proud of our majors and graduate students who have used their GW education as a springboard to successful careers. George Washington University history graduates have gone on to careers in the law, the military, medicine, government, non governmental organizations, journalism, politics, teaching, and a variety of other fields. The annual department newsletter provides information about some of our former students.

We often hear from alumni and would like you to let us know what you are doing, either by writing to us at, or if you prefer non-electronic correspondence, write to Chairperson, Department of History, The George Washington University, Washington DC, 20052. Your lives are our true legacy.

Alumna Farah al-Nakib featured in Bazaar magazine

Farah al-Nakib (BA '01) was featured in Bazaar magazine where she credits her experience writing her senior History thesis with setting her on the course towards becoming a professional historian. Additionally, Al-Nakib, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait, published a book entitled Kuwait Transformed: Oil and Urban Life with Stanford University Press in April 2016. 

History Alumna named one of the "50 Most Influential Women in America."

Shannon McGahn, BA '02, was featured on Marie Claire magazine's list of "The 50 Most Influential Women in America." Congratulations, Shannon!

GW History Alumna Shannon McGahn is featured on Marie Claire's list of "The 50 Most Influential Women in America.

History alum (B.A. '11) brings Marx into the mainstream

Bhaskar Sunkara
Bhaskar Sunkara (B.A. '11), Jacobin's founder and editor

"When Bhaskar Sunkara was growing up in Westchester County, he likes to say, he dreamed of being a professional basketball player. But the height gods, among others, didn’t smile in his favor. So in 2009, during a medical leave from his sophomore year at GW, Mr. Sunkara turned to Plan B: creating a magazine dedicated to bringing jargon-free neo-Marxist thinking to the masses." So begins the January 2013 New York Times article on this B.A. '11 alum, who founded and edits Jacobin Magazine.

History Alumnus MC's Annual Capitol Hill Alumni Reception

Christopher J. Bright
Christopher J. Bright

Christopher Bright (Ph.D., 2006), member of the GW Board of Trustees and historian who studies foreign and defense policy issues for the House Committee on Armed Services, served as Master of Ceremonies at GW's Annual Capitol Hill Alumni Reception, hosted by President Steven Knapp. Held in April 2013, the event drew more than 100 congressional staff members, elected officials and other alumni working on the Hill to the Capitol Visitor Center.

Recent Alumni Books

Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War

Gregory F. Domber

(University of North Carolina Press, 2014)

For Fear of an Elective King

Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon

(Cornell University Press, 2014)

The 'People's Joan of Arc'

Brooke Orr

(Peter Lang, 2014)

Betting on the Africans

Philip Muehlenbeck

(Oxford University Press, 2012)

The Limits of Détente

Craig Daigle

(Yale University Press, 2012)

Education and the Cold War

Andrew Hartman

(Palgrave MacMillan, 2011)

Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era

Christopher J. Bright

(Palgrave MacMillan, 2010)

Mosquito Soldiers

Andrew Bell

(Louisiana State University Press, 2010)

The Rise & Fall of Theological Enlightenment

Jeffrey Burson

(Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2010)

Emily Greene Balch: The Long Road to Internationalism

Kristen E. Gwinn

(Univ. of Illinois Press, 2010)

Conservative Intellectuals and Richard Nixon

Sarah Mergel

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

The Federal Art Project and the Creation of Middlebrow Culture

Vicki Grieve

(University of Illinois Press, 2009)

Algernon Sidney Crapsey: The Last of the Heretics

Stephen Neese

(Cambridge Scholars, 2008)

The Gods of Diyala

Gregory Tomlin

(Texas A&M University Press, 2008)

Pat Robertson: An American Life

David Marley

(Rowman & Littlefield, 2007)