Faculty articles, chapters, and media contributions.

From Shame to Pride

Recently published journal articles, book chapters, and media contributions.

Journal of Asian Studies

"The Frontier Crimes Regulation and Frontier Governmentality."

March 23, 2015

Benjamin D. Hopkins in The Journal of Asian Studies.

Anglicizing Americans

“Racial Walls: Race and the Emergence of American White Nationalism.”

March 01, 2015

David Silverman in a new volume revisiting Britain's impact on early America.

Jewish Review of Books

"Jewish Geography."

March 01, 2015

Jenna Weissman Joselit in the Jewish Review of Books.

Journal of the Civil War Era

“From the Rhine to the Mississippi: Property, Democracy, and Socialism in the American Civil War."

March 01, 2015

Andrew Zimmerman in the Journal of the Civil War Era.

Helena Rubinstein

"Madame Chaja."

February 01, 2015

Jenna Weissman Joselit in Commentary.

AHR Feb. 2015

“The Chicken or the Iegue: Human-Animal Relationships and the Columbian Exchange.”

February 01, 2015

Marcy Norton in the American Historical Review.

Journal of British Studies

"The Imperial History Wars."

January 01, 2015

Dane Kennedy in the Journal of British Studies.

Black Female Sexualities

“Rape Fantasies and Other Assaults: Black Women's Sexuality and Racial Redemption on Film.”

January 01, 2015

Erin Chapman in a new volume on black female sexuality.

Echoes of Empire

“Imperial Parasitism: British Explorers and African Empires.”

December 18, 2014

Dane Kennedy in a new volume on the contemporary echoes of colonialism.

Civil-Military Relations in Chinese History

“Military Atrocities in Warlord China.”

December 16, 2014

Edward McCord in a volume on the history of civil-military relations in China.

Five myths about the Berlin Wall

"Five myths about the Berlin Wall."

October 30, 2014

Hope Harrison in the Washington Post.

Journal of White House History

“The Indomitable Sara Delano Roosevelt: Mother of Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

October 01, 2014

Mary Jo Binker and Diane Lobb-Boyce in the Journal of White House History.


“The Means and Ends of Empire.”

July 01, 2014

Dane Kennedy in Comparative Studies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

From Shame to Pride

“From Shame to Pride: the Fall of the Berlin Wall through German Eyes.”

June 01, 2014

Hope Harrison in the Wilson Quarterly.

News Archive

News from the GW History Department archive.

Past News and Events

Past news and events from the George Washington University History Department

Frederick Cooper gives 2017 Kayser Lecture

Dr. Fred Cooper, Professor of History at New York University, gave the 2017 Kayser lecture on March

Upcoming job talks on Middle Eastern History

The History Department will be presenting three upcoming talks by visiting scholars on various topics in Middle Eastern History.

Prof. Ussama Makdisi

Ussama Makdisi delivers Kylan Jones-Huffman Lecture on the American and Ottoman Civil Wars

The department was delighted to welcome Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, to present the 2015 Kylan Jones-Huffman Memorial Lecture on the American and Ottoman Civil Wars. Read more.

News and Events

 News and Events about the George Washington University History Department

Elmer Louis Kayser Lecture

The Elmer Louis Kayser Lecture began in 2001 with the creation of an endowment by members of the class of 1951, led by Tad Lindner, in honor of their fiftieth reunion and GW's longtime dean of students, historian Elmer L. Kayser.  Prof. Kayser, a native of Washington, got both his B.A. and M.A. from GW.   He received his Ph.D in history from Columbia in 1932.   He was a Professor of History for many years at GW and dean of students from 1930 to 1962. 

Past Kayser lecturers have included William Cronon, Barbara Weinstein, Anthony Grafton and Eric Foner.  The 2015 Kayser Lecturer was given by Prof. Lynn Hunt of UCLA who spoke on “Globalization and History: New Paradigm or Trojan Horse?”



Kylan Jones-Huffman Memorial Lecture

The Kylan Jones-Huffman Memorial Lecture honors Kylan Jones-Huffman, who was admitted to GW’s PhD program in Middle Eastern history. Sadly, Jones-Huffman was killed in 2003 while on assignment with the First Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq.  In his memory, family and friends contributed gifts to endow the Kylan and Heidi Jones-Huffman Fund, in support of graduate students in Middle Eastern history.  The lecture is supported by the Fund.

The 2015 lecturer was Ussama Makdisi of Rice University. Professor Makdisi spoke on "American and Ottoman Civil Wars and the Question of Sovereignty in the Middle East."