Mount Vernon Society of Fellows

Mount Vernon Fellows play a leading role in creating a lively intellectual and creative environment on GW’s Mount Vernon Campus. During their two-year fellowship, postdoctoral fellows teach small seminars that provide an intellectual anchor to the living and learning community. Fellows participate in a regular research workshop chaired by the Associate Provost for Special Programs and the Mount Vernon Academic Experience, a forum meant to support and provide structure as they move their publications and other work forward. Most important is that the fellows actively participate in the academic community at Mount Vernon through both their teaching and their research. 

2020-2021 Mount Vernon Fellows

Carolyn Arena

Carolyn Arena

Dr. Carolyn Arena earned her Ph.D. in International and Global History from Columbia University. She has previously taught courses at Columbia, NYU, and Quinnipiac universities. She joins GW after completing a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellowship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at William & Mary. Her research on the enslavement of Native peoples of the Caribbean has also received funding through fellowships from Fulbright, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Seminar taught: Who Made World Trade? Indigenous Peoples and Global Merchandise (2020-2021)

David Dagan

David Dagan

David Dagan received his Ph.D.in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in Spring 2019. His research focuses on American politics, in particular conservatism, federalism, and the criminal justice system. While in graduate school, he co-authored the book Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration and a number of journal articles. He is now working on a book about the rise of mass incarceration. Before entering academia, David spent 10 years in journalism: at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington and the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg and as a freelancer in Berlin, Germany. He has written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and other outlets. David lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two little boys.

Seminar taught: Civics in the Age of Populism (2020-2021)

Ali Hamdan

Ali Hamdan

Dr. Ali Hamdan’s research explores the geographical dynamics of civil war in the Middle East, focusing on Syria and Lebanon. He has written on the conflict in Syria in several outlets including GeopoliticsJadaliyya, the Middle East Institute, and the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP). Hamdan received a BA from Middlebury College and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Seminar taught: A World at War: Geographies of Conflict in the 21st Century (2020-2021)