We are proud of our majors and graduate students who have used their GW education as a springboard to successful 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.
Let us know what you are doing: email the Department Chair, Katrin Schultheiss, at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Department of History, The George Washington University, Washington DC, 20052. Your lives are our true legacy.
Alumna Farah al-Nakib (BA '01) published a book with Stanford University Press entitled Kuwait Transformed: Oil and Urban Life. The book delves into the mid-twentieth century oil urbanization of Kuwait City, the first Gulf city to experience such a transformation. Stanford University Press writes: "In Kuwait Transformed, Farah Al-Nakib connects the city's past and present, from its settlement in 1716 to the twenty-first century, through the bridge of oil discovery. She traces the relationships between the urban landscape, patterns and practices of everyday life, and social behaviors and relations in Kuwait. The history that emerges reveals how decades of urban planning, suburbanization, and privatization have eroded an open, tolerant society and given rise to the insularity, xenophobia, and divisiveness that characterize Kuwaiti social relations today."
Alumna Christina Firpo (B.A. '01) published a book entitled The Uprooted: Race, Children, and Imperialism in French Indochina, 1890-1980 with the University of Hawai'i Press. The book is about the systematic uprooting of métis children - those with Southeast Asian mothers and white, African, or Indian fathers - at the hands of French officials in Indochina. The University of Hawai'i Press writes: "The Uprooted offers an in-depth investigation of the colony's child-removal program: the motivations behind it, reception of it, and resistance to it. This poignant and little known story will be of interest to scholars of French and Southeast Asian studies, colonialism, gender studies, and the historiography of the family."
Read more about Firpo's book and post-GW career here.
History alum (B.A. '11) brings Marx into the mainstream
"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 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.