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Elliott School Research

Through award-winning research, the Elliott School of International Affairs strives to create knowledge, share wisdom and inspire action. Together, our centers, institutes, research initiatives and cross-disciplinary faculty combine in-depth analysis with practical applications to better address the future's most pressing global challenges.


Call for Nominations for the Michael E. Brown Research Prize

The Michael E. Brown Research Prize, in honor of our former dean, recognizes Elliott School faculty research that contributes to scholarly and policy relevant understanding of important global issues. The prize is awarded annually and comes with a stipend for the winner. The recipient also has the honor of giving the keynote address at the annual Elliott School Faculty Research Celebration. James Foster, Henry Hale, Marc Lynch, and Marlene Laruelle were the four previous winners.

Nominations can be based on a single outstanding research achievement or on the basis of a cumulative body of work. Nominations should be no longer than one page in length and should highlight the faculty member's contribution to the scholarly and policy relevant understanding of one or more important international issues. Members of the regular faculty of the Elliott School are eligible to be nominated for this award and to make nominations, including self-nominations. The Elliott School Center and institute directors will comprise the selection committee.

Please send your one-page nomination letters to [email protected] by Friday, January 31, 2020.

Research Spotlights

Hope M. Harrison: After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

After the Berlin Wall: Memory and Making of the New Germany 1989 to the Present (book cover)


With After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present, Elliott School Associate Professor of History and International Affairs Hope M. Harrison draws on conceptions of national identity in contemporary Germany as an approach to the history and commemoration of the Berlin Wall over the past 30 years. The legacy of the Berlin Wall remains controversial as Germans consider its relevance to the present as a significant part of German collective memory. This book examines multiple German perspectives on the global memory of the Wall and their impact on a new German national narrative and memory policy. In an interview at the Wilson Center, Harrison offered additional insight on the premise of her new book: 

“Since Germany is the most powerful state in Europe, how its leaders and others see the nation and its history matters. More than any other state, Germans have focused their collective memory on a negative part of their history, the Holocaust, in contrast to most nations who look to glorious moments in their past to define their national identity.”

Hope M. Harrison, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs

Nemata Blyden: African Americans and Africa

African Americans & Africa by Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden (Book Cover)


Recent trends, including rising immigration levels, globalization, and the United States’ first African American president, have raised the importance of recognizing the identity of “African Americans” and their relation to the African continent. Elliott School Associate Professor of History and International Affairs Nemata Blyden discusses this relationship between African Americans and Africa by mapping overlapping diasporas from the era of slavery to the present day in her new book Africans Americans and Africa. Through studies of works by African American individuals ranging from ex-slave and poet Phillis Wheatley to civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, Nemata Blyden accentuates the evolution of a distinctly African American identity. The book addresses fundamental factors in the study of diverse identities as a result of association with African American history and culture. 

Jisoo Kim Elected Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Korean Studies

orea Foundation Associate Professor of History and International Affairs Jisoo Kim


Congratulations to Elliott School Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and International Affairs Jisoo Kim for her recent election to editor-in-chief of The Journal of Korean Studies. The foremost journal in Korean studies, the publication features articles on multidisciplinary subjects concerning Korea. In history, anthropology, contemporary geopolitics and beyond, the journal examines Korea-related topics of interest to scholars, students and the public alike. Professor Kim, who also directs the GW Institute for Korean Studies, will bring tremendous expertise and experience to her new role when she assumes her editor-in-chief functions later this year. A specialist in gender and legal history of early modern Korea, her research interests and endeavors engage a broad swath of subjects, including crime and justice, forensic medicine, literature, language and more. For more of her work, check out her award-winning book: The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Chosŏn Korea.


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Elliott School Book Launch Series Upcoming Events

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January 21, 2020

Our first book talk of the coming year will feature University Professor Alexa Alice Joubin's new book, Race: The New Critical Idiom. Lecture will be followed by a moderated Q&A and a light reception.

More details to follow!

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