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  • Professor Theresa Runstedtler explores black internationalism through Jack Johnson biography.


    Exploring the Story
    Behind the Story

    Professor Theresa Runstedtler explores black
    internationalism through Jack Johnson biography. 

  • History professor Lisa Leff's new book profiles controversial World War II Jewish historian.


    Telling the
    Story from
    Two Sides

    History professor Lisa Leff's new book profiles
    controversial World War II Jewish historian.

  • Banner Year for History Faculty Books

    Banner Year
    for History
    Faculty Books

    History department faculty
    published an impressive array
    of new books in the last year.

  • History alumna Wendy Lower's new book is a finalist for the nonfiction National Book Award.

    Alumna
    Nominated for
    National
    Book Award

    History alumna Wendy Lower’s
    new book is a finalist for the
    nonfiction National Book Award.

  • Roosevelt Neither Villain nor Hero


    Roosevelt Neither
    Villain nor Hero

    New book coauthored by history department
    profs Breitman and Lichtman reveals
    FDR's true strengths and failings.

American University's Department of History encourages interdisciplinary study, individually designed programs, and close contact between faculty and students. Our outstanding faculty is dedicated to teaching, scholarship, and helping students use the matchless resources of Washington, D.C.

Department News

Tatehona Kelly (history major) was accepted to participate in the U.S. Department of Education's events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Professor Max Paul Friedman is a 2013-2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and the 2014 American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year.

Johanna Neuman (ABD, PhD program) received a Klingenstein Fellowship at the New York Historical Society, and a travel-to-collection grant from Smith College.

Zach Kopin (BA/MA programreceived a 2014 Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Award.

Professors Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman's book, FDR and the Jews, was announced as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History.

Professor Michael Brenner was elected International President of the Leo Baeck Institute.

 

Student Group Gets Historical

The Student Historical Society restores a DC boundary stone from the 1790s.

AU’s new Student Historical Society looks to engage with local, national, and university history.

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