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Two Elliott School Alumni Recognized in MEPC 40 Under 40 Inaugural Cohort

The Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) 40 Under 40 Award honors new voices the foreign policy community. It recognizes individuals who have promoted international awareness in their own different ways and have influenced the understanding of the relationships between the US and Middle East countries. This year, there are two Elliott School alumni who are recipients of the award. The first awardee is Matthew Calardo, B.A. Philosophy ‘13 and M.A. Middle East Studies ‘18. The second awardee is Chrissy Bishai, B.A. International Affairs ‘08. Congratulations to Calardo and Bishai for this outstanding accomplishment!

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A Message from the Dean

"There is no place for hate in our community. The vandalism that took place this past weekend at the Tau Kappa Epsilon’s (TKE) on-campus housing, which included the desecration of a replica Torah scroll, was an unmistakable message of antisemitism and hate, recalling the long history of burning and desecration of the Jewish holy books. The vandalism and its timing recalls a chilling moment in history—Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938—in which synagogues and Torah scrolls were destroyed and set on fire. We must not forget this history. We join President LeBlanc in strongly condemning these acts and stand in solidarity with Jewish members of our community..."

Read the full statement from Dean Ayres (PDF)

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Eric Schluessel Wins the John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Schluessel, whose recently published book, Land of Strangers: The Civilizing Project in Qing Central Asia (Columbia University Press), is the winner of the American Historical Association (AHA) John K. Fairbank Prize for East Asian History since 1800. The John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History is offered annually for an outstanding book in the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Manchuria, Korea, or Japan, substantially after 1800. It honors the late John K. Fairbank, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and director of the East Asian Research Center at Harvard University, and president of the Association in 1968.

Read the full AHA award announcement



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Onward GW: Return to Campus and the Classroom

The Elliott School is excited to welcome students, faculty and staff to campus this fall. Learn more about the steps GW and the Elliott School are taking to prepare for your arrival to campus, including updating our public health protocols and reviewing and updating our buildings and classrooms.

Learn more about GW's fall plans   COVID-19 Resources




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Jacob Winn

Jacob Winn

BA International Affairs and Political Science, Dean's Scholar, Class of 2021

"I have always loved politics, political science, and international affairs, and so the prospect of choosing my own research path that would combine all of those areas was my top priority.

In the Dean's Scholars Program, I am researching the influence of the Brexit movement, referendum, and EU withdrawal politics on the British Conservative Party, which has allowed me to combine all of my broader passions."

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