PhD student Kate Densford receives 2016-17 Fulbright Fellowship

Kate Densford

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!

News and Events

 News and Events about the George Washington University History Department

Undergraduate Research Symposium

On May 5 the History Department hosted an Undergraduate Research Symposium featuring presentations from seniors who completed History Honors Theses. Presentations were split into three panel sessions moderated by Professors Diane Cline, Tom Long and Tyler Anbinder. The topics ranged from the Salem Witch Trials to the Siege of Leningrad, and from Byzantium to Cajun soldiers during World War II. We are very pleased with our students and the exceptional work they produced.

Benjamin Desmarais presents his thesis, Aviation at the World War I Battle of Verdun

Phi Alpha Theta undergraduates sweep regional conference!

Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Chi, the GW chapter of the National History Honor Society, swept the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at the University of Baltimore on Saturday April 22. Our undergraduate history students took home three of the four available awards!

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Joseph Albanese, Kathryn White, and Samuel Pfister at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Alumnus creates new annual scholarship for GW History Department

 Ron and Gail Denham
Ron Denham (Class of '67) and his wife Gail

The History Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. Charles Herber Annual Scholarship. This scholarship, supported by alumnus Ron Denham '67, will be awarded to an undergraduate majoring in History with a preference for a student who is the first in their family to attend college. Providing this scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial strains facing our students, allowing the recipient to more thoroughly engage in the History curriculum and pursue their academic interests.

Dr. Charles Herber, Associate Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs, has instilled lifelong learning in countless of his students. We are privileged to receive this support on behalf of our students and in honor of Dr. Charles Herber and his years of dedication to his students and the department.

Frederick Cooper gives 2017 Kayser Lecture

Dr. Fred Cooper

Dr. Fred Cooper, Professor of History at New York University, gave the 2017 Kayser lecture on March 2, 2017  in the Gelman Library 7th floor Teamster's Room. His lecture, titled "Locating Citizenship: Empire, Nation, Federation," tackled the topic of citizenship. Dr. Cooper's discussion evaluated conceptual issues in the study of citizenship and the historical question of where it has been located.

Joel Blecher Joins History Faculty

Joel Blecher

Professor Joel Blecher joined the department in Fall 2016 as our new specialist in the History of Early and Medieval Islam.  Professor Blecher's current research focuses on the social and intellectual life of hadith commentary.  His book project, In the Shade of the Hadith: Islam and the Politics of Interpretation across a Millennium, finds that the meanings of hadith (the collected sayings of the prophet Muhammed) were shaped as much by commentators’ political, cultural and regional contexts as by the fine-grained intellectual debates that developed over long periods of time.  His next project, Profit and Prophecy: Islam and the Spice Trade from Venice to India, will explore how Muslim scholars and merchants in the Mamluk period (13th-15th centuries) mixed religion and business along trade and pilgrimage routes that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Arabian Sea and beyond. In the fall, he will be teaching History 3801: The Formation of Islam to 1500. Welcome, Professor Blecher!

Read more about Professor Blecher's work here

Marcy Norton receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Congratulations to Marcy Norton, who received the 2016-2017 Guggenheim Fellowship! The fellowship will support the completion of her upcoming book about the history of human-animal interactions in Western Europe and indigenous America between 1500 and 1800. Read more here.

Professor Dane Kennedy publishes book with Oxford University Press

Professor Dane Kennedy's latest book, Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction, has been published by Oxford University Press. Congratulations, Professor Kennedy, on this recent publication!

Two history professors receive major teaching awards!

Congratulations to Professor Denver Brunsman and Professor Christopher Klemek who have recently been awarded multiple distinguished teaching awards through the George Washington University! 

  

Professor Brunsman has been awarded this year's Morton A. Bender Teaching AwardProfessor Klemek was awarded both the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Teaching Excellence and the WID (Writing in the Discipline) Distinguished Teaching Award. Congratulations, Professors Brunsman and Klemek on these three outstanding achievements! 

Pulitzer Prize winner gives 2016 Kayser Lecture

Dr. Elizabeth "Lil" Fenn, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in history for her book Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, gave this year's highly anticipated Kayser Lecture on February 18, 2016. The acclaimed University of Colorado Boulder professor discussed Sacagawea's Capture and the History of the Early West.

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Joel Blecher discovers new research on the evolution of Islam

June 29, 2017

Professor Joel Blecher tireless research has led him to find an early draft of Ibn Hajar's Fath al-Bari, one of the most important pieces of Sunni commentary on the hadith.

Benjamin Desmarais presents his thesis, Aviation at the World War I Battle of Verdun

Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 05, 2017

On May 5 the History Department hosted an Undergraduate Research Symposium featuring presentations from seniors who completed History Honors Theses.

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Andrew Zimmerman receives John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship

March 25, 2017

Andrew Zimmerman was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for his current book project, Conjuring Freedom: A Global History of the American Civil War.

2017-2018 Officers Announced!

March 16, 2017

The 2017-2018 Phi Alpha Theta Officers have been elected! 

President: Samuel Pfister (B.A. '18, M.A. '19)

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Meet The GW Historical Review, our first Undergraduate Journal

February 03, 2017

The History Department is proud to announce a student-led effort to create an undergraduate journal has been approved! Submissions for the Fall 2017 Edition of the ne

Reiterating Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

December 01, 2016

Recent events have heightened concern among many about tolerance for diversity in American society and at GW in particular.  The strong feelings and fears that many in our community have voiced—and

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Bernie Sanders Chief Strategist Tad Devine speaks to students about history and politics

November 10, 2016

Chief Strategist for the Bernie Sanders for President Campaign 

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Bulgarian Ambassador presents Theo Christov at Library of Congress lecture

September 29, 2016

Ambassador of Bulgaria Elena Poptodorova introduced Professor Theo Christov at the Library of Congress where Christov delivered a lecture on “The 'Law of Nat

Ron and his Wife Gail

Alumnus creates new annual scholarship for GW History Department

June 29, 2016

The History Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. Charles Herber Annual Scholarship.

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.

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."

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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.

Faculty articles, chapters, and media contributions.

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

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."