Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society


Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Chi, is GW’s chapter of the National History Honor Society. The group brings together students, teachers and writers to promote learning and research. The GW chapter frequently organizes historical research trips and attends conferences to help students present their papers across the country.

If you are interested in joining the Phi Chi chapter, please review the national membership requirements and send an email to Steven Brady.

Sign up for Phi Chi's email list by joining the Phi Alpha Theta Engage page.

Students lined up at a venue for a Phi Alpha Theta event




Joe Albanese, Kate White, and Sam Pfister hold up their awards from the 2017 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.



In recent years, students have traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico; Orlando, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana for national conferences and attended Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. In 2014 the GW Phi Chi Chapter hosted the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at GW, to great acclaim. And in 2017, Phi Chi students brought home three of the four available awards at the regional conference in Baltimore.

Visit the News & Events page for upcoming conferences and related activities.

Past Conferences

2021 Regional: Bowie State (held virtually due to COVID-19)
2020 Regional: Washington College (canceled due to COVID-19)
2020 National: San Antonio, Texas
2019 Regional: McDaniel College
2018 Regional: McDaniel College
2017 Regional: University of Baltimore
2016 National: Orlando, Florida
2016 Regional: Mount St. Mary's University
2014 Regional: GW

Award Winners

2021 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

  • Third Place: Katie Davis, "La Malinche: Traitor of the Mexica or Mother of Mexico? The Evolution from Historical Figure to National Myth and Feminist Icon."

2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

  • Graduate Category, First Place: Andrea Marshall, “The Art of Manliness: Labor, Physicality and Masculinity in 19th-Century France as Seen Through the Works of Gustave Caillebotte.”

2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

  • Pre-1700 World Category, Runner-Up: Robin Pokorski, “’Some Comforting Words’: The Friendship of Elisabeth of Schonau and Hildegard of Bingen.”
  • Pre-1700 World Category, Honorable Mention: Katie LeValley, “‘Web of Allies’: Royal English Women in Medieval Predatory Kinship.”



Justin McCulloch

Vice President
Katie Davis

Peter Zheng

Isabella Henderson

Director of Marketing and Recruitment

Ericka McDonald


Director of Activities
John Manly

James Huebner

Director of Graduate Affairs
Patrick Monaghan

Faculty Advisor
Tom Long