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Professor Denver Brunsman gives a lecture to a room of educators

The Kayser Memorial Lecture and the Diana Silvia Rodríguez Lecture bring historians to campus to speak about their latest research and projects.

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New Endowment Memorializes Beloved Professor’s Impact

History and Classics’ Professor Diane Harris Cline was remembered as a devoted educator. A gift honoring her legacy will aid students.


Professor Kim Selected as Harvard Radcliffe Fellow

History Professor Jisoo M. Kim will be part of the 25th anniversary class of fellows.


Revolutionary Tales: Demetrius Apostolis’ Pride is Full Speed Ahead

Demetrius Apostolis, a History major and president of GW's Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society chapter, is a member and ally of GW's LGBTQIA+ community.

An 1850 illustration depicts Irish immigrants sailing to the U.S. on an overcrowded ship during the potato famine.

History Detectives: Following the Lives of Potato Famine Immigrants

For a decade, History’s Tyler Anbinder and his student researchers dug through 100 years of long-lost bank records from Irish immigrants. What they found rewrote a historical tale.

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For Bouchet Society Nominees, Research Ties to Advocacy

Five Ph.D. students will be inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which recognizes diversity and excellence in doctoral education.

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Quito J. Swan Brings Global Links to Africana Studies

As the new director of the CCAS Africana Studies Program, Swan strives to make connections—across disciplines, movements and oceans.

History doctoral candidate and U.S. Marine veteran A.J. Cade.

History Restored: The Untold Story of Black Civil War Soldiers

History Ph.D. candidate and Marine veteran A.J. Cade was inspired by a forgotten Civil War regiment of all-Black soldiers and officers. Now, he’s bringing their legacy to life.

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Backlash: Inside Florida’s African American Studies Ban

To history professor Erin D. Chapman, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ restrictions on the AP curriculum is a dangerous precedent—for educators and a divided country.

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George Washington's Life and Legacy

Professor Denver Brunsman discusses the need to balance multiple perspectives in teaching and writing about George Washington.

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Africa's Impact on the African American Experience

How does Africa figure in “real and imagined ways” to the African American experience?

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