Students pursuing an M.A. or a Ph.D. at the History Department work closely with GW's internationally recognized faculty in a broad range of specialties, including modern America, early modern Europe, and imperial and colonial studies. The M.A. program not only prepares students for PhD work, but also for a broad range of careers, from teaching high school students to government work to historical research in the private sector. Every Ph.D. student receives full tuition remission and a full fellowship to cover living expenses for five years, during which they master relevant historiography and write a dissertation. Washington, D.C. has some of the best resources for historical research in the world, including the National Archives, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Library of Congress. Both our M.A. graduates and our Ph.D. graduates have gone on to have successful and prolific careers.

Former MA student Macabe Keliher accepts teaching position at West Virginia University

Received PhD from Harvard University in 2015

Macabe Keliher, who earned a Master of Arts degree in History from GW in 2007, recently received a PhD from Harvard University (2015) and has accepted an assistant teaching position at West Virginia Univeristy. He studies early modern and modern China and is particularly interested in political culture, law, and state formation. Read more about Dr. Keliher's research here. Congratulations, Dr. Keliher!

PhD student Kate Densford receives 2016-17 Fulbright Fellowship

PhD student Kate Densford has been awarded a 2016-17 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Austria and the Czech Republic for her dissertation on "The Collapse of Provincial Austria in the First World War." Congratulations, Kate!

Recent Graduate News and Events

Ph.D. student Ryan Musto publishes article

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Ryan Musto, whose peer-reviewed article "Tlatelolco Tested" was recently published by the Wilson Center! Congratulations, Ryan!

Ph.D. student Charles Kraus offers new take on the history of Sino-Soviet-U.S. relations

Congratulations to our second year doctoral student, Charles Kraus, on the publication of his second article in the acclaimed peer-reviewed journal, Cold War HistoryRead more here.


Ph.D. candidate Ben Young on the Black Panthers in North Korea

Congratulations to Ben R. Young, a current doctoral student in East Asian History, who published his first peer-reviewed article in the scholarly e-journal, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Read more here.


Stefan Hock (M.A. '13) wins award from the Turkish Studies Association

Congratulations to Stefan Hock (M.A. '13), who won the 2013 The Sydney F. Fisher Graduate Student Paper Prize from the Turkish Studies Association for the best paper in Turkish or Ottoman studies. Read more here.

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduate Departmental Prize Winners!

The Charles Herber Teaching Prize is awarded to Ph.D. student Katharine White.

The Elmer Louis Kayser Prize for Best Thesis by a Graduate Student in a Masters Program is awarded to two M.A. students: Bianca Wythe for her thesis "Food as Weapon: America's Mobilization for Nutrition during WWII" and to Selam Kidane for "Interrogating Theories of Imperialism: A Case Study on Kagnew Station."  

The Howard M. Sachar Prize for Best Research Paper by a Graduate Student is also awarded to two Ph.D. students:  Robert Isaacson for his paper "Audacity and Admiration: French Public Discourse and the Boats of Cherbourg" and Nathan Wuertenberg for his paper entitled "'They will Not Know Who Shall Enjoy the Crop': The Continental Congress, Indians, and Agriculture." 

Congratulations, students!