Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society, formed to bring historians - students, teachers, and writers - together to promote learning, researching, and writing by its members. Founded in 1921, today it boasts over 870 chapters and 350,000 lifetime members. GW's Phi Chi Chapter was reactivated in 2008 and has been increasingly active since then. In 2014 the GW Phi Chi Chapter hosted the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at the George Washington University, to great acclaim. In recent years, students have traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico and Orlando, Florida for National Conferences and around DC, Virginia and Maryland for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences.

In January 2018, students will present research at the 2018 National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

If you're interested in joining the Phi Chi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, email Tom Long at, Denver Brunsman at, or Phi Chi President Joseph Albanese

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: Best Paper in European History by Joseph Albanese (B.A. '17), Best Paper in World History by Samuel Pfister (B.A. '18), and Best Paper in U.S. History to 1865 by Kathryn White (B.A. '17)! The faculty advisors are Tom Long and Denver Brunsman. Congratulations to all!

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

2017-2018 Officers Announced!

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

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

Vice President: Annabel LaBrecque (B.A. '19)

Director of Communications: Kate White (B.A. '17, M.A. '19)

Secretaries: Isabella Bucchi (B.A. '19), Alexandria Canon (B.A. '20)

Treasurer: Joseph Hillman (B.A. '19)

Historian: Anayeli Nuñez (B.A. '19)

Director of Membership: Ali Dielmann (B.A. '19)

Trivia Master: Miles Stepleton (B.A. '20)



2016-2017 Officers

President: Joseph Albanese

Vice President: Rodolfo Martinez-Don

Treasurer: Samuel Pfister

Secretary: Andrea Marshall

Historian: Kathryn White

Director of Communications: Brian Wivell

Director of Membership: Jonathan Adams


2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at Mount St. Mary's University

Five Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Chi members (Andrea Marshall, Kathryn White, Jonathan Adams, Mallory Richardson, and Brian Wivell) presented at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at Mount St. Mary's University. First year graduate student Andrea Marshall won 1st Place for Graduate Student Papers.

Phi Alpha Theta members at Mount St. Mary's University

2016 National Conference in Orlando, Florida


Four members of the GW chapter of Phi Alpha Theta presented research at the 2016 Phi Alpha Theta National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Also in attendance were Professors Tom Long and Denver Brunsman...and a colonial-clad Mickey Mouse!

Our chapter hosts 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference!

GW Phi Alpha Theta at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at GW

The Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, which represents 29 college and universities, was hosted by the Phi Chi Chapter at George Washington University on March 29, 2014.