Hugh L. Agnew

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Hugh L. Agnew

Professor of History and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty

Department: MA International Affairs


Email: Hugh L. Agnew
Office Phone: (202) 994-3785
Fax: (202) 994-5436

Professor Agnew earned an Honors B.A. in history from Queen's University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford. He came to GW in 1988, after teaching at Queen's and the National University of Singapore. Agnew teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Eastern Europe and the World History introductory survey. He focuses on nationalism in the region, especially Czech nationalism.

Between 2002 and 2016 Professor Agnew has served as an associate dean, senior associate dean, and interim dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs.

History of Eastern Europe, history of Czech Republic, nationalism

Professor Agnew received a Fulbright Visiting Scholar award to teach at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, during his sabbatical in Academic Year 2023-24.

Ph.D., Stanford University

HIST 1011 World History, 1500 to the Present
HIST 2160 History of Germany
HIST 3178 The Making of the Modern Balkans
HIST 3173 The Hapsburgs in East Central Europe
HIST 6170 Readings Seminar: Eastern Europe, 1772-1918
HIST 6171 Readings Seminar: Eastern Europe, 1919-1945

IAFF 2092 Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia: An Introduction


Professor Agnew's first book, Origins of the Czech National Renascence (1993) examines a group of intellectuals in late 18th and early 19th Century Bohemia whose linguistic, literary and historical studies laid the foundations for the subsequent Czech nationalist movement. His most recent book, The Czechs and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown (2004, translated into Czech, 2008) surveys Czech history in its European setting, from the arrival of the Czechs in Bohemia to the present.  Professor Agnew's current research explores the use of symbol and ritual in the Czech nationalist movement, topics on which he has published several preparatory studies, and which will be the theme of his next book.