Why Attend?

Networking and Reconnecting

  • Explore historical connections with scholars outside your field
  • Catch up with that best friend from your grad school cohort
  • Reconnect with scholars you met in the archives
  • Meet face-to face with historians you engaged online
  • Build relationships for future panels, edited volumes, and more

A Hub of Scholarship

  • Attend sessions covering every subfield within the discipline
  • Present your work and get feedback from diverse perspectives
  • Pitch your latest project to editors from dozens of top presses
  • Identify new trends in the discipline from both established and emerging historians

Resources for Educators

  • Participate in teaching workshops for K-12 and undergraduate instruction
  • Get new insights into historiographical questions to bring to your classroom
  • Find course materials from textbooks to digital primary source collections

Career Development

  • Join critical discussions about issues facing historians in all professions
  • Learn about the full diversity of historians’ employment
  • Plan what’s next for your career at every level
  • Gain new skills to improve your research, teaching, and public engagement

Insights into Local History and Culture

  • Explore the unique history of the host city and region
  • Join a tour with local experts to top museums and historic sites
  • Discover local cuisine with new and old friends

COVID-19 Update

After careful deliberation, the AHA has determined that it will be impossible to hold the annual meeting in Seattle from January 7–10, 2021, as originally planned. The best available information from public health authorities and medical experts suggests that the global health crisis will not be sufficiently resolved by January. With regret, the Association has concluded that canceling the face-to-face meeting is necessary to maintain the health and safety of our members, our staff, and the public.

We do not make this decision lightly, as we know how important the annual meeting is to the discipline. Members rely on the opportunity to meet in person to build professional relationships, share their scholarship, and engage in professional development. While we will not be able to connect in person, the AHA staff is preparing a variety of web-based programming over the next 10 months to continue to bring together our communities of historians to further advance our mission.

A PDF program, documenting all sessions accepted by the AHA Program Committee and the affiliated societies, will be posted in the fall so that participants can document their expected participation for their CVs. Anyone who was expecting to deliver a prepared presentation will have the opportunity to post written remarks on the AHA website.

Code of Conduct

The AHA is committed to creating and maintaining a harassment-free environment for all participants in the Association's activities. All members and participants, including employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers and guests, are expected to engage in consensual and respectful behavior and to preserve AHA's standard of professionalism at all times. Please read the code of conduct that applies to all AHA-sponsored activities.

Code of Professional Conduct

What People Are Saying

The AHA annual meeting has always been an intellectual joy for me, a chance to hear new work from historians old and young and to debate and reaffirm the values important to us as scholars, teachers, and colleagues.

- Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto

[T]he panels and sessions I attended were inspiring. I was struck by how varied the field of history is, both in scope and method. ("An Alum at the American Historical Association" on bethelhistory.wordpress.com)

- Fletcher Warren, BA in History

Participating in the annual meeting is a vital way to gain new perspectives – whether the issue is a research agenda, teaching, or the state of the discipline. I always come away with some new avenues to explore, whether the source is a formal session or an unexpected hallway conversation.

- Peter Stearns, George Mason University

Meeting some of my Twitter followers in person was possibly the best part of the entire AHA. People who I’d only seen as tiny avatars were now real people! ("AHA16 Report from the Field" on lisamunro.net)

- Lisa Monroe, PhD

The American Historical Association's annual conference was a truly eye-opening experience for me. I’m considering studying history in college, and getting to hear a plethora of historians talk about the work they have done and the things they have had the opportunity to study really reaffirmed my love of history and showed me some of the things I could be doing in the future. ("Seeing Historical Research Come to Life at the AHA Conference" on darlingtonschool.org)

- Emily Robertson, high school senior

This was exactly the sort of session I would hope for at the AHA: fellow professionals comparing notes on a common challenge we all face. It felt like a support group.

- Glen Gendzel, San José State University

I had an amazing time at the conference. I really loved it! Being an Americanist in Ireland can be difficult at times because there are very few people with whom I can discuss my work or new research. However, going to the conference gave me the opportunity to do all that. [...] I also got to meet some really interesting people and we’re already in talks about possible collaborations. ("AHA 2016" on annemariebrosnan.wordpress.com)

- Annemarie Brosnan, international graduate student

[I]n recent years the AHA has attempted to diversify and broaden its content in an effort to create value for its ever evolving constituency. Remarkably, the AHA purposefully and successfully moved toward this intention by creating a program this year that appealed to an array of historians with diverse professional backgrounds and areas of expertise and interest. Impressive! ("Top 10 Takeaways from the American Historical Association Annual Meeting" on ramonahouston.com)

- Ramona Houston, PhD

The AHA annual meeting is a diverse space that incorporates all aspects of concern for professional historians. It continues to include sessions on the newest research, but has expanded to provide more engaging teaching workshops. More importantly, it is now providing more sessions related to higher education politics and policy that faculty and public historians can no longer ignore. The meeting, once viewed solely for job interviews, is now the place for all historians to engage in cross institutional and regional conversations.

- Trinidad Gonzales, South Texas College

History as a discipline just keeps getting better and better. And history in its many contexts - not only history education at every level but historical thinking in all kinds of public settings - is ever more important. There is nothing better than the panels and presentations and publications and hall conversations of the annual meeting for a concentrated catch-up on what is happening in the field.

- Barbara Metcalf, University of California, Davis

We all have our professional associations where like-minded colleagues meet and greet, but the AHA is where I go to educate myself on what else - after all, most of what goes on - is happening. The comprehensive supra-regional/multi-methodological program, unique (sic!) to the AHA, is an energizing breath of fresh air, every year, even in the dead of winter. And I get to see old friends, too.

- Joseph C. Miller, University of Virginia

My first trip to the winter AHA meeting was a whirlwind of activity. One of the best aspects was getting to meet many of the historians I’ve gotten to know online through Twitter and blogging. It really seemed like many of the conversations we’ve had online seamlessly transitioned to the offline world. ("Paul Putz Reports from AHA 2016 on American Religious Biography" on thewayofimprovement.com)

- Paul Putz, doctoral student

It provides the best sense of the current preoccupations of the profession and insight into how important questions are being explored and treated by a wide variety of historians in all fields. No other meeting has the scope and variety of the AHA and, especially for younger scholars, it offers wonderful access to the ideas and topics that are engaging historians and likely to be pertinent as they enter the field.

- Gabrielle Spiegel, Johns Hopkins University

AHA 2016 was an exciting and bustling conference featuring a wealth of research based on a variety of national and transnational frameworks. The 2017 annual meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado, with the theme 'Historical Scale: Linking Levels of Experience,' looks as if it may have a different tenor, but will surely be just as stimulating. ("Review: American Historical Association Annual Meeting" on baas.ac.uk)

- Ana Stevenson, postdoctoral fellow

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2021 Annual Meeting FAQs

Will the meeting take place in Seattle as originally planned?

No. We have determined that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be impossible to meet in Seattle as originally planned.

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