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

  • AHA Member Featured in Washington Post Podcast (August 2021)

    Aug 03, 2021 - 

    AHA member Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard Univ.) appeared on the Washington Post’s Spanish-language podcast, El Washington Post, to discuss the relationship between American and Mexican history. She also published an op-ed in the Post and was interviewed on NPR about the importance of learning Mexican history alongside American history.

  • AHA Issues Letter Objecting to Social Studies Curriculum Legislation in Ohio (July 2021)

    Jul 30, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine and the members of the Ohio state legislature registering “strong objection to Ohio HB 322 and HB 327, acts relating to the social studies curriculum in public schools.” These bills, wrote the AHA, are “a tangle of contradictory mandates” about how history can be taught and “part of a misguided, nationally coordinated attempt to put the government in classrooms at every level from kindergarten through high school—and in the case of HB 327, through higher education—to intimidate teachers, and to indoctrinate students rather than helping them learn the inquiry-based skills that will prepare them for their future civic and professional lives.”

  • Hiring: AHA Meetings and Virtual Events Assistant (July 2021)

    Jul 30, 2021 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians! The AHA is accepting applications for a meetings and virtual events assistant. We will begin reviewing applications on August 23, 2021.

  • AHA Issues Letter Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Rates in Louisiana (July 2021)

    Jul 28, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a letter to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other leaders in the state expressing “alarm that vaccination rates in the state of Louisiana remain well below the national average.” “We know that city and state officials are eager to see business travel resume and travel industry jobs and revenue rebound,” the AHA wrote, “and we trust that you will mount a vigorous public health effort to increase vaccination rates and prevent a renewed surge of COVID cases, which would necessitate the reimposition of restrictions on conferences and business travel.” The AHA wants to ensure that its annual meeting, to be held in New Orleans in January 2022, is “as safe as possible for all to attend.”

  • AHA Member Awarded Nevins Prize by Society of American Historians (July 2021)

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Brianna Nofil (Coll. of William & Mary), who was awarded the 2021 Allan Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians for her dissertation, “Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Origins of Immigrant Incarceration, 1900-2002.” The Nevins Prize is awarded annually to a doctoral dissertation on an American subject.

  • AHA Members Elected as Fellows to the British Academy (July 2021)

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

    AHA members David A. Bell (Princeton Univ.), Susanna K. Elm (Univ. of California, Berkeley), and Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Univ.) were among 84 new fellows elected to the British Academy “in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the SHAPE subjects—the social sciences, humanities and the arts.” The British Academy is the United Kingdom’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

  • New Honorarium for Perspectives on History Authors (July 2021)

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

    Starting with the September 2021 issue of Perspectives on History, authors of articles published in the print magazine will be paid an honorarium of $100 per article. (This honorarium will not be offered to writers who submit In Memoriam essays or letters to the editor or who are published online in Perspectives Daily.)

  • AHA Member Awarded Richards Prize for Article on Post-Civil War Incarceration of Black Children (July 2021)

    Jul 20, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Catherine Jones (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz), who has been awarded the 2021 George and Ann Richards Prize for the best article published in the Journal of the Civil War Era. Jones’s article, “The Trials of Mary Booth and the Post-Civil War Incarceration of African American Children,” appeared in the September 2020 issue.

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on the Jesuit Mission to China (July 2021)

    Jul 20, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Litian Swen (City Univ. of New York), who recently published his first book, Jesuit Mission and Submission: Qing Rulership and the Fate of Christianity in China, 1644-1735 (Brill, 2021). In his book, Swen “explains how the Jesuits entered the Manchu world after the Manchus conquered Beijing in 1644” and “redefines the rise and fall of the Christian mission in the early Qing court through key events.”