American Historical Association Year in Review 2016-17

Promoting the Value of Historical Work

Speaking Out against the Executive Travel Ban

The AHA acted quickly and forcefully to oppose Executive Orders 13769 and 13780, pointing to their inaccurate historical foundation and deleterious impact on the work of historians and their students. Forty-three AHA affiliated societies endorsed the AHA's position. The AHA continues to challenge threats to the free exchange of scholarly ideas wherever and whenever they occur.

Supporting Historians Professionally

AHA Guidelines in Action

AHA councilor Trinidad Gonzales addresses the Texas State Board of Education concerning the proposed textbook Mexican American HeritageThe AHA joined other groups to persuade the Texas State Board of Education to reject an inaccurate and offensive textbook, proposed to meet the state's Mexican American studies standard in high schools. In fall 2016, AHA Teaching Division Councilor Trinidad Gonzales drew on the AHA's guidelines to condemn the proposed textbook. The AHA Council also sent a letter to the Board to ensure that the textbook vetting process included appropriate consideration of historical scholarship. The response to this letter was positive, highlighting the AHA as a trusted voice in history education.

Investing in the Future of the Discipline

Where Historians Work

Visualization of historians working beyond the professoriate from the new tool "Where Historians Work"

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the AHA created the first interactive tool for exploring the career outcomes of history PhDs. Users can examine the range of careers open to history PhDs and compare program outcomes by field, geographic location, gender, graduation date, and more.