About AHA & Membership

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About the AHA

The American Historical Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The AHA provides leadership for the discipline by protecting academic freedom, developing professional standards, supporting scholarship and innovative teaching, and helping to sustain and enhance the work of historians. As the largest organization of professional historians in the world, the AHA represents more than 12,000 members and serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area in a wide variety of professions.

The AHA is a trusted voice for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life. Learn more about our work on behalf of the entire discipline and connect with the staff that is dedicated to advancing history and historical thinking for the benefit of all.


A leader in promoting new approaches to history education and scholarship and setting professional standards for the discipline


A vocal public presence articulating the value of history and historical thinking

Promoting the value of history education
Providing historical perspectives on contemporary issues
Supporting historians and safeguarding the relevance and usefulness of history in contemporary policy and civic life


A platform for historians from all specializations and professions to discuss, disagree, and learn

  • AHA membership provides exclusive access to the online community of historians, where you can post questions and receive feedback.
  • Advancing research, teaching, careers, and more at the AHA's annual meeting, the largest gathering of historians held each January.

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