American Historical Association Year in Review 2017-18

Providing Leadership in Critical Moments: Response to the Violence at Charlottesville

DC protest of a Confederate monument

In August 2017, the AHA released a statement affirming the importance of historical context in debates about Confederate monuments, which has been invoked in classrooms and public meetings across the United States. The AHA also created a resource page with dozens of interviews, op-eds, and  other media conversations featuring AHA members, Council, and staff.


Bringing Historical Thinking to Public Policy

  • Led an international scholarly denunciation of the Polish law criminalizing references to Polish complicity in Nazi war crimes
  • Added late-breaking sessions to the annual meeting program to create space for historical discussions of current affairs
  • Organized congressional briefings to provide historical insight on public policy issues including civil-military relations, automation, and the Higher Education Act

Advocating for the Humanities

Spurring Change in Graduate Curriculum with Career Diversity for Historians

  • Convened a series of Faculty Institutes to discuss strategies for integrating Career Diversity into doctoral education with participants from 36 institutions
  • Awarded 20 Career Diversity Implementation Grants to incorporate broad-based professional development into departmental culture and doctoral curriculum

The American Historical Review launched a series of podcasts to connect articles from the journal to important issues of the day.


Where Historians Work: Careers Beyond the Professoriate

Using Data to Address Challenges Facing the Discipline

  • Released a complete version of Where Historians Work, an interactive data set charting the career outcomes of 8,000 history PhDs from 2004-13
  • Formulated policies and procedures to address sexual harassment at the annual meeting, drawing on a survey of recent attendees
  • Reported data on history majors and course enrollments in Perspectives on History to provide evidentiary foundation for continuing conversations
  • Used career outcomes data for history BA and PhD recipients to promote transparency

Sharing Leadership Strategies

  • Organized our first Department Chairs’ Workshop for participants to collaboratively explore discipline-centered issues relating to campus-based work

Representing the Diversity of the Discipline

    • Added new genres to AHR reviews, including films and graphic novels
    • Collaborated with American Philosophical Association to explore how the work of scholarly societies can benefit from greater engagement with HBCU faculty
    • Held an inaugural poster session featuring undergraduate students

Teal banner of three images of scholars interacting

Supporting the Education and Careers of History Graduate Students

Perspectives cover and page, displaying the new look.

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