News & Advocacy


The latest activity of the AHA and historians in supporting history and historical thinking.

  • Mihm Reviews Fellow Member’s Publication in NYT

    Jul 18, 2019 - 

    Stephen Mihm, AHA member and associate professor of history at the University of Georgia, recently reviewed The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O'Mara, Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington and a member of the AHA. In the piece for the New York Times, Mihmpraised his colleague's persuasive work in which O'Mara chronicles the rise of Silicon Valley and the region's relationships with state and federal governments, competing corporations, taxpayers, immigrants, and other key players.

  • AHA Member Authors Housing Crisis Op Ed in the New York Times

    Jul 18, 2019 - 

    In an opinion piece published by the New York Times, Lizabeth Cohen, AHA member and professor of American history at Harvard University, discusses the multifaceted housing crisis befalling low-and middle-income Americans. Cohen contrasts today's inaction with the demand for and success of federal housing intervention policies following World War II.

  • AHA Supports Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott Refusal to Aid in ICE Raids

    Jul 15, 2019 - 

    On July 15, the AHA sent letters to the CEOs of Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and Marriott International, hotel chains the Association regularly uses for its annual meetings. AHA president Jim Grossman applauded the companies' refusal to allow US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to utilize hotel space as temporary detention centers during the announced raids on immigrant communities.

  • AHA Eliminates Job Center at Annual Meeting and Sets New First-Round Interview Guidelines

    Jun 28, 2019 - 

    The AHA will no longer sponsor employment interviews at its annual meeting.  This change encompasses both the Job Center and interviewing suites facilitated by the Association.  In making this decision, the AHA Council took into consideration the dramatic decline in conference interviewing in recent years, along with issues relating to the conference's general tone and atmosphere, technological change, and financial considerations, especially for prospective interviewees.

    The AHA Council has issued new guidelines for first-round interviews that refer to all potential interview venues.  

    The Career Fair will remain an important part of the conference, with its emphasis on broadening employment horizons for historians.

  • Job Opening at the AHA

    Jun 27, 2019 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for a Managing Editor. We will begin reviewing applications on July 10, 2019.

  • Bobadilla Discusses US Immigrant Detention Camps

    Jun 21, 2019 - 

    AHA member and 2015 Perspectives summer blog contest winner Eladio Bobadilla (Univ. of Kentucky), weighed in on the debates over terminology of the Trump administration's immigrant detention centers at the United States southern border. In a post on the Latino Rebels blog, Bobadilla examines why terming these centers "concentration camps" is a powerful and useful historical allusion.

  • AHA Expresses Concern about Access to the Guatemala Policía Nacional Archives

    Jun 17, 2019 - 

    On June 13, the AHA sent a letter to Jimmy Morales Cabrera, president of the Republic of Guatemala, urging continued access to materials in the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (AHPN). The agreement concerning housing of the archive expires on June 30, 2019, and the AHA urged officials to permit the archive to remain in its current location and to continue the program of lodging digitized copies with the government of Switzerland and the University of Texas at Austin.

  • AHA Members Awarded 2019 ACLS Project Development Grants

    Jun 14, 2019 - 

    AHA members Mary Harvey Doyno (California State Univ., Sacramento) and Jesse Tarbert (Loyola Univ., Md.) are recipients of 2019 ACLS Project Development Grants, which provide support and advance the research of humanities faculty at teaching-intensive colleges and universities.

  • Nicaraguan History Professor Released

    Jun 12, 2019 - 

    The AHA is pleased to report that Professor Ricardo Baltodano Marcenaro, a historian of the Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua who was imprisoned in Managua earlier this year, has been released under the auspices of Amnesty Law voted on Saturday, June 8 by the Nicaraguan National Assembly. In January 2019, the AHA sent a letter to Daniel Ortega Saavedra, president of the Republic of Nicaragua, protesting Baltodano's imprisonment.

  • AHA Member Pens Op-Ed on the Importance of Historians’ Work

    Jun 12, 2019 - 

    In a Washington Post op-ed responding to historical errors made by popular journalists, Karin Wulf, executive director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and member of the AHA's Nominating Committee, emphasized "how critical the specialized toolbox of historians is to getting the past right."