Dear Friends of the GW History Department:
I am delighted as always to share with you some of the highlights of the past academic year. We are excited to welcome three new faculty members to our ranks. Our search for an historian of early modern Europe yielded two fantastic young scholars: Trevor Jackson from Berkeley, and Jennifer Wells from Brown University. We are also very happy to have on board a highly accomplished new undergraduate adviser: Steven Brady, who comes to us from Notre Dame University.
In other news, history faculty enjoyed a banner year, with six of our colleagues winning a total of eight nationally competitive research fellowships. History also garnered four of GW’s top teaching awards including the prestigious Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence. The award went to Denver Brunsman, whose innovative course, George Washington and His World, continues to transform the learning experiences of undergraduates.
Our students continue to impress with their energy, insight and accomplishments. Three history majors received awards in spring for their original projects displayed during the university’s Research Days. Lydia Francis’ study of the historical origins of D.C.’s Meridian Hill Park went on to win the Julian Clement Chase Prize for excellence in undergraduate writing on D.C. And don’t miss the latest issue of our student edited journal The GWU Historical Review, featuring original articles by undergraduates!
We hope that you share our excitement about the work that is being accomplished in the classroom and in the archives by our faculty and students alike. Whatever our political beliefs, I think we can all agree that the value of studying history has never been greater and more apparent than it is today. We greatly appreciate your continuing support of the History Department. Please stop by Phillips Hall if you are in the area!
With all best wishes,
Chair, Department of History