Committee on Minority Historians

Established: 1990

Purpose: To advocate for a more inclusive profession by representing the interest and concerns of minority historians; to foster an inclusive scholarship that challenges and transforms the practice of history, both substantively and methodologically; to work with other committees within the Association and to support the Association’s outreach to public history organizations and K–12 teachers.

Membership: 5 members, including one graduate student or early career professional. Committee meets twice a year by teleconference with CMH members serving a minimum of three years. New members will be added on a staggered yearly basis.

Assignment to Division: Reports on its work to the Council, works with appropriate divisions and committees on specific issues.

Publications and Resources

Resources for Minority Historians

AHA Statement on Affirmative Action

Equity Award

Opportunities for Research Grants and Fellowships

John Hope Franklin's Presidential Address

Thomas C. Holt's Presidential Address


Equity for Minority Historians in the Academic History Workplace: A Guide to Best Practices, 2007

The Status of Women and Minorities in the History Profession, 2002 and 2008

Report on the Status and Hiring of Women and Minority Historians in Academia
Developed by the AHA's Committee on Women Historians and approved by the Council, the guidelines in this report provide statistics on appointments, tenure, and promotion. This edition also discusses salary issues and the status of minority women and men.

Perspectives Articles

Professional Status

Minority Students Pursuing History PhDs by Carlton Wilson

Statement on Affirmative Action by AHA Council

Minority Faculty: The History Profession and the 21st Century by Elwood D. Watson


History and Racial Identity in an Urban High School by Terrie Epstein

Dilemmas in Teaching African American History by Robert L. Harris Jr.

Teaching American History in Indonesia by David M. Esposito

Interpreting Slavery in the Classroom and at Historic Sites by Jeffrey J. Crow

Teaching the History of Race in Latin America by Julio Cesar

Teaching India in a World History Survey by Tara Sterling

Slavery and the Freeing of American History Instruction by Sterling Stuckey

Problems in Studying the Role of Blacks In Europe by Allison Blakeley

Educating America: The Historian's Responsibility to Native Americans and the Public by Angela Wilson

Film and Documentaries

Educational Uses of Native American Historical Films and Videos by Steven Leuthold

Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery: A Review by Peter Kolchin

Slaves on Screen: A Review Forum by Natalie Zemon Davis

Africa through a Western Optic by Colin Palmer

The Wonders of My Africa by Joseph C. Miller


The Political Economy of Preserving the Past: The Rio Blanco Mill in Mexico by Bert S. Kreitlow

Defining and Studying the Modern African Diaspora by Colin Palmer