The History Department community enjoys extraordinary resources for studying history on and off campus. Undergraduate students can intern at world-class institutions, present their work at conferences and hone their research skills with special projects and seminars. Graduate students engage in research projects throughout their studies, completing in-depth seminars and working alongside faculty members on their latest research projects that span centuries and continents. The Phi Chi chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society also offers students opportunities to showcase their research and network with peers.

History faculty are critically acclaimed authors in their focus areas, and they frequently win GW’s Morton A. Bender, Trachtenberg and Writing in the Disciplines awards for their research-rich curricula.


Faculty by Region and Theme


Research Around the World

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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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Failing Grade: Are Americans Flunking History?

History professor Christopher Brick has a lesson plan to raise our humanities IQ.

During World War II, Jews in France like Denise Bauman were required to carry identity cards. (Photos Courtesy Ashley Valanzola)

Commemorating History’s Dark Chapter

History PhD student Ashley Valanzola is researching the stories of six extraordinary Jewish women—Holocaust survivors who worked to honor the memory of lives lo

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Carving Up the Thanksgiving Story

In his new book, David J. Silverman takes a close look at the traditional Thanksgiving story and the distortion of facts surrounding its legacy.

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Bringing Eleanor Roosevelt's Legacy to Life

The words, wisdom and remarkable legacy of “The First Lady of the World” are being brought to life in an accessible digital archive.