Staying in Touch with Alumni

Staying in Touch with Alumni

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 kschulth@gwu.edu or write to the Department of History, The George Washington University, Washington DC, 20052. Your lives are our true legacy.

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.

Alumni

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 kschulth@gwu.edu or write to the Department of History, The George Washington University, Washington DC, 20052. Your lives are our true legacy.
 

Alumna Farah al-Nakib (B.A. '01) publishes book and is featured in Bazaar Magazine

Alumna Farah al-Nakib (B.A. '01)  Farah al-Nakib's book Kuwait Transformed (Stanford University Press, 2016)

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."

Read more about Al-Nakib, her work, and the Bazaar Magaine article about her here.

 

Alumna Christina Firpo (B.A. '01) publishes book

Alumna Christina Firpo (B.A. '01) Firpo's book The Uprooted (2016)

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

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)