AHA Advocacy

  • Guiding Principles on Taking a Public Stance (June 2017)

    The Council of the American Historical Association issues a statement on when it has the right to take public stands in defense, most of which has to do with the rights and careers of individuals, considered as historians. (Created 2007; Updated 2017)

  • AHA Pushes for Reauthorization of Title VI College Affordability Act (October 2019)

    The AHA joined 30 other organizations expressing their support for reauthorization of the College Affordability Act, a federally funded Title VI–International Education program. The coalition urged the US House Committee on Education and Labor and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment to continue its bipartisan support for the initiative.

  • AHA Comments on Proposed NLRB Rule Change (October 2019)

    The National Labor Relations Board is considering a rule change that would diminish the right of graduate students at private universities to organize unions. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, "rather than looking at the facts in any case before it, the National Labor Relations Board is aiming to create an overarching rule that would exclude teaching and research assistants from being covered by the 1935 National Labor Relations Act." The American Historical Association opposes the proposed rule change.

  • AHA Defends Emeritus Professor Romila Thapar (October 2019)

    On October 7, AHA President John McNeill sent a letter to Vice Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi to discourage the university’s review of Romila Thapar’s status as emeritus professor. McNeill cited her impressive record of contributions and achievements, including being named an AHA Honorary Foreign Member.

  • AHA Signs onto Amicus Curiae Brief Providing Historical Context to the Decision to Rescind DACA (October 2019)

    The AHA has joined the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Seattle University), the Organization of American Historians, and numerous individual historians on an amicus curiae brief supporting respondents in Department of Homeland Security, et al. Petitioners v. Regents of the University of California, et al. Respondents. The brief explains the relationship between the history of anti-Mexican and Latinx racism and the use of related racist code words in the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.In situations involving the rights and careers of individual historians, historical practice in diverse venues, or the role of history in public culture, the AHA has the responsibility to take public stands – including participation in relevant legal proceedings. Everything has a history; in this particular case, the AHA considers it imperative for the court to be aware of the historical context of current efforts to vilify an entire racial group.

  • AHA Signs onto MESA letter to US Department of Education (September 2019)

    The AHA and other academic associations signed onto a letter from the Middle East Studies Association that registered alarm over the US Department of Education's position towards the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, an unprecedented intervention in academic curricula and the autonomy of higher education.

  • AHA Signs onto Amicus Brief in Pitch v. United States (September 2019)

    The American Historical Associationhas signed onto an amicus brief in Pitch v. United States regarding the release of grand juryrecords froma 1946 court case about the Moore's Ford Lynching in Walton County, Georgia. Though grand jury records are usually kept under seal forever, the AHA supports the court's original position that these records can be released as a matter of exceptional historical significance, a precedent the government is working to overturn.

  • AHA Signs onto ASA Statement on Teaching Evaluations (September 2019)

    The American Historical Association signed onto the American Sociological Association’s Statement on Teaching Evaluations. While acknowledging the valuable feedback that student experiences in the classroom can provide, the statement discourages the use of such assessments as a primary factor in faculty promotion, salary increase, and appointment. Studies have shown that student evaluations of teaching are easily biased, particularly towards women and minorities, and weakly related to other measures of teaching effectiveness and learning outcomes. The ASA also provides recommendations of best practices for future collection and implementation of student feedback.

  • Statement on Domestic Terrorism, Bigotry, and History (August 2019)

    The American Historical Association expects the following statement to stimulate more questions than answers. The Association hopes these questions make their way into classrooms, libraries, museums, city council meetings, community centers, and even coffee shops, wherever people are trying to connect with each other to make historical sense of our current moment.

  • AHA Opposes Elimination of History Department at Gordon College (July 2019)

    On July 29, the American Historical Association sent a letter to Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, in response to the college's drastic restructuring plan and the decision to subsume the history department under one single Political Science, Philosophy, and History entity. The AHA vehemently urged the administration to reconsider its decision and highlighted the detrimental effects to faculty employment, pedagogical and research standards, and student learning outcomes.

  • AHA Expresses Support for the Right of Scholars to Sign the Academics for Peace Petition (July 2019)

    On July 24, in a letter to judges of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey, the AHA joined 26 other scholarly associations expressing their support for the right of scholars and academics to sign the Academics for Peace Petition. The letter commended the court's recent rulings upholding protections for freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and urged the court to continue these protections as it considers the upcoming criminal cases of the Peace Petition signatories.

  • AHA Supports Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott Refusal to Aid in ICE Raids (July 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 Expresses Concern about Access to the Guatemala Policía Nacional Archives (June 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 Signs onto Letter of Support for Federal Funding of International Education and Foreign Language Program (May 2019)

    On May 28, the AHA joined other scholarly and professional organizations in sending a letter to Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. The letter advocated increased funding for International Education and Foreign Language Studies and articulated the sought-after international skills curated by such programs as Title VI and Fulbright-Hays.

  • AHA Endorses Coalition for International Education Letter for Congressional Title VI Funding (May 2019)

    The American Historical Association signed onto a letter from the Coalition for International Education to Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The letter expressed support for the bipartisan re-authorization of the Higher Education Act and encouraged incorporation of Title VI funding into the bill.

  • Letter of Concern over Departmental Changes at University of Tulsa (May 2019)

    On May 14, the AHA sent a letter to the University of Tulsa provost Janet Levit urging the university administration to reconsider its radical restructuring plan for the humanities. AHA executive director Jim Grossman articulated worries over both the plan’s impact and the manner in which deliberations and decisions were conducted without input from key disciplines.

  • AHA Sends Letter of Concern to Stanford University (May 2019)

    On May 8, AHA executive director Jim Grossman sent a letter to Stanford University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne and provost Persis Drell to voice concern for the proposed reduction in funding for Stanford University Press, a leading and primary publisher of fundamental and influential works in the historical discipline.

  • AHA Signs onto Letter Protesting Cuts to Humanities Programs in Brazil (March 2019)

    The AHA joined 12 organizations in signing onto a letter issued by the American Philosophical Association and the American Sociological Association in response to Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro’s proposal to defund philosophy and sociology programs in the country.

  • AHA Signs onto Letter Protesting Alaskan Budget Cuts (March 2019)

    On March 4, the American Historical Association joined 32 other professional societies in sending a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy and several other congressional representatives of the state of Alaska to express deep concern over the proposed $134 million reduction in state funding for the University of Alaska. The consortium of organizations highlighted the multifaceted consequences for Alaskan constituents and urged state leadership to reconsider.

  • AHA Urges Historians and Californians to Take Action (February 2019)

    On February 28, AHA leadership alerted members and other historians in California to a new plan at California State University, the nation's largest university, to cut core requirements for U.S. history and civics courses. The Association urges our community to contact Governor Newsom and other state legislators and implore them to reject this proposal put forth by the CSU General Education Task Force.

  • Letter Protesting Michigan Mayor’s Termination of Journal Editor’s Contract (Feb 2019)

    On February 11, AHA executive director Jim Grossman sent a letter to Mayor John O’Reilly of Dearborn, Michigan, protesting the dismissal of Bill McGraw, editor of the city’s historical commission’s journal, for publishing an article about Henry Ford's anti-Semitism.

  • AHA Maintains Support for the Separation of Hungarian Politics and Academic Inquiry (Feb 2019)

    On February 11, the AHA sent a letter to the leadership of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to reaffirm its support for the autonomy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The AHA cautioned against reforms that would subject academy funding to approval from ministerial authorities. The separation of the Academy’s research institutes and publications from politics is a crucial cornerstone of the institution’s international integrity and the credibility of its historical scholarship.

  • AHA Expresses Concerns about Potential Impact of Plan S on the Humanities (Feb 2019)

    The AHA fully supports broad access to the resources required to create new knowledge and share it as widely as possible. However, concerns about the principles set out in Plan S have led the AHA to write a letter to Coalition S members regarding the potential for harm to humanities scholarship.

  • AHA Calls on Nicaraguan President to Release History Professor (Jan 2019)

    On January 24, the Association sent a letter to Daniel Ortega Saavedra, president of the Republic of Nicaragua, articulatingconcern about the imprisonment of Professor Ricardo Baltodano Marcenaro of the Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua and the charges leveled against him. The AHA cited the UN High Commission for Human Rights’ inquiry into the case and urged Baltodano’s immediate release.

  • AHA asks NARA for Careful Consideration of Department of Interior Disposition Request (Nov 2018)

    On November 26, the AHA sent a letter to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero expressing concern regarding the current records disposition request from the Department of the Interior. The AHA emphasized the value of the records for historical research and future policy making regarding issues related to resource management, endangered species and environments, and indigenous legal and cultural affairs.

  • AHA Calls for Immediate Release of Xiyue Wang Imprisoned in Iran (Sept 2018)

    The AHA sent a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, expressing deep concern about the imprisonment of Xiyue Wang, a PhD student in the Princeton University department of history, on groundless charges of espionage. The AHA called for his immediate release. Read the letter on the AHA website.

  • Letter of Concern about Rutgers Investigation of Faculty Member (Sept 2018)

    On September 10, the AHA sent a letter to Rutgers President Robert Barchi expressing concern about the university’s investigation of history professor James Livingston for comments he had made outside of the context of his university employment. In the letter, the AHA stressed its support for the right of historians to express their opinions as private citizens without fear of institutional discipline.

  • AHA Sends Letter Regarding Detention of Hatoon al-Fassi (Sept 2018)

    The AHA has sent a letter to King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud expressing concern regarding the detention of Dr. Hatoon al-Fassi, an associate professor of history at King Saud University, because of her activism on behalf of women’s rights.

  • AHA Executive Director Sends Letter to Texas Historical Commission Concerning Postponed Porvenir Marker (Aug 2018)

    On August 24, AHA executive director James Grossman sent a letter to Charles T. Sadnick III, Director of the History Programs Division, of the Texas Historical Commission, expressing concern about the process of producing a marker describing a tragedy that historians have referred to as the “Porvenir Massacre.”

  • AHA Endorses Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill(Aug 2018)

    On August 13, AHA executive director James Grossman sent a letter to Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the US Treasury, endorsing suggestions from AHA members that Harriet Tubman be featured on the $20 Federal Reserve Note.

  • AHA Signs COSSA Letter Opposing Citizenship Question on 2020 Census (July 2018)

    The AHA has signed on to a letter from the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) and 24 other research organizations urging the Department of Commerce to remove a controversial citizenship question from the upcoming census. The letter criticizes the science and research implications of the question, arguing that “the inclusion of a question on citizenship in the 2020 Census will increase the burden on respondents, add unnecessary costs to the operation, and negatively impact the accuracy and integrity of one of the most valuable data resources the government produces.”

  • Letter from AHA Executive Director Regarding Destruction of ICE Records (July 2018)

    On July 25, AHA executive director James Grossman sent a letter to David Ferriero, archivist of the United States, opposing any “threats to the preservation of records relating to the treatment of immigrants by the US Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).” Given the historical significance of recent events surrounding immigration, the American Historical Association urges the the archives to “deny any request for authorization to permit ICE or the Border Patrol to destroy records related to individuals in their custody.”

  • Letter from AHA Executive Director Regarding Congressional Gold Medal Proposal (June 2018)

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman has sent a letter to US senators Dean Heller and Jon Tester regarding a recent effort to award the Congressional Gold Medal to 226 American women who served in the US Army Signal Corps during World War I. This effort has been initiated by the World War I Centennial Commission.

  • AHA Letter to College Board Regarding AP World History (June 2018)

    The AHA sent a letter to the College Board urging reconsideration of recent changes to the Advanced Placement World History exam that limit it to “content only from c. 1450 to the present.” The AHA expressed concern that this change is likely to reduce the teaching of precolonial and non-Western history at the high school level.

  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences Language Education Statement (May 2018)

    The American Historical Association joined the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and dozens of other organizations and individuals in a statement advocating for a greater national effort to strengthen non-English language education so that Americans can more effectively participate in a global society.

  • Letter Concerning NPS Office of International Affairs Appropriation (May 2018)

    The AHA recently signed on to a letter calling for additional funding for the National Park Service's Office of International Affairs on behalf of its efforts for World Heritage.

  • Letter to Commerce Secretary on Citizenship Question (March 2018)

    AHA President Mary Beth Norton has signed on to a letter to the US Secretary of Commerce regarding the inclusion of a citizenship question on the census.

  • Letter from the Coalition for International Education Concerning Title VI and Fulbright-Hays Funding (March 2018)

    The American Historical Association has signed on to a letter from the Coalition for Internation Education urging Congress to reject the Administration's proposal to eliminate funding for HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs.

  • AHA President Expresses Concerns about Proposed Elimination of the History Major at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (March 2018)

    AHA president Mary Beth Norton (Cornell Univ.) sent a letter to administrators at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in response to the announced plan to eliminate many humanities majors, including history. In it, Prof. Norton emphasizes the valuable role that liberal arts generally, and history in particular, play in preparing students for careers.

  • AHA President Sends Letter Protesting Access Restrictions to Phillips Library (March 2018)

    AHA president Mary Beth Norton (Cornell Univ.) sent a letter to the director of the Peabody Essex Museum to raise concerns about the plans that could reduce access to the Phillips Library. After moving to a temporary site in 2011, the Phillips Library collection will be housed at a new facility in Rowley, Massachusetts, beginning later this year. Prof. Norton encouraged the director to maintain adequate opening hours and retain knowledgeable staff to avoid disrupting access to the collection. 

  • AHA Condemns Polish Law Criminalizing Public Discussion of Polish Complicity in Nazi War Crimes (February 2018)

    The AHA has published a statement condemning Polish law criminalizing references to Polish complicity in Nazi War Crimes.

  • Letter from the American Anthropological Association on Banned Words (January 2018)

    The American Historical Association co-signed a letter from the American Anthropological Association protesting reports that the Trump administration had recommended restricting the use of specific terminology in the Centers for Disease Control’s budget documents. The AHA, along with their fellow signatories, believes that the federal government should utilize “science-based decision making in its policy formations.”

  • Statement on Right to Engage in Collective Bargaining (January 2018)

    The AHA endorses the right of all academic employees—full- and part-time faculty members, graduate employees, and support staff—to engage in collective bargaining if they choose to do so.

  • Letter Concerning Southern Illinois University Reorganization

    On January 24, the Association sent a letter to Daniel Ortega Saavedra, president of the Republic of Nicaragua, articulatingconcern about the imprisonment of Professor Ricardo Baltodano Marcenaro of the Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua and the charges leveled against him. The AHA cited the UN High Commission for Human Rights’ inquiry into the case and urged Baltodano’s immediate release.

  • Letter from the Coalition for International Education Supporting Title VI-International Education Programs (December 2017)

    The AHA has signed a letter from the Coalition for International Education in support of continued funding for Title IV-International Education Programs. HR 4508, the PROSPER Act, currently would reauthorize five Title VI programs, but would result in the elimination of six other programs without replacement. The AHA encourages members to urge their representatives to support level funding for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays.

  • Statement Opposing US Proposal to Tax Tuition Waivers (November 2017)

    Following up on our alert to members on November 7, 2017, the American Historical Association has joined our colleagues in 33 other scholarly associations to oppose the proposal to tax graduate student tuition waivers as income. The associations, representing diverse disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, recognize the burden this change would place on graduate students living on modest stipends and the devastating effects this would have on higher education.

  • AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments (August 2017)

    The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have re-ignited debate about the place of Confederate monuments in public spaces, as well as related conversations about the role of Confederate, neo-Nazi, and white supremacist imagery in American political culture.The AHA has released the following statement about the role of history and historians in these public conversations. Rather than seeking to provide definitive answers to the questions posed by individual monuments, the AHA emphasizes the imperative of understanding historical context in any consideration of removing or recontextualizing monuments, or renaming public spaces.

  • Letter of Support for Title VI Education (July 2017)

    The AHA joined 29 other organizations in urging the Senate Committee on Health and Education to reauthorize and adequately fund Title VI programs in international education. “Without Title VI,” the letter states, “most of the less commonly taught languages and world regions of strategic interest would not be taught in our schools and colleges on a regular basis.”

  • Letter to Archivist of the US Concerning Discontinuing of Saturday Research Room Hours (July 2017)

    The National Archives and Records Administration announced last week that research rooms in Washington, DC, and College Park, Maryland, will no longer have Saturday hours beginning July 22, 2017. This letter from AHA Executive Director James Grossman to David Ferriero expresses concern about the change and the nature of the announcement.

  • Statement Protesting Proposed FY18 Budget Reduction of Department of Education (April 2017)

    The AHA Council has signed on to a letter from the Coalition for International Education urging members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to reject the Trump administration proposal that threatens funding for the US Department of Education's International Education and Foreign Language Studies Programs.

  • AHA Letter in Support of Central European University (April 2017)

    The American Historical Association has sent a letter to President János Áder of Hungary opposing legislation passed by the Hungarian Parliament that targets Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. The restrictions on institutional autonomy in the legislation would undermine CEU's mission of furthering scholarly collaboration between Europe and the United States. The AHA's letter urges President Áder to preserve international cooperation and the integrity of a national and international educational resource by refraining from signing the legislation.

  • AHA Statement of Protest Regarding Arkansas' Howard Zinn Controversy (April 2017)

    On April 4, 2017, AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman sent a letter to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson urging him to reject HB 1834, which would prohibit any Arkansas public school from using materials authored by Howard Zinn in their courses.

  • AHA Protests Detainment of French Historian Henry Rousso (March 2017)

    On February 28, AHA president Tyler Stovall sent a letter to the secretary of homeland security protesting the recent detainment of Henry Rousso, distinguished historian of the Holocaust in France.​ Professor Rousso's detainment at the Houston airport en route to participation at a conference at Texas A&M University offers a chilling reminder of the importance of rule of law and respect for the rights of not only our colleagues but all travelers to the United States. Because the issue is of vital importance to the ability of historians to do our work, which includes international scholarly conversation, the AHA Council has voted to make the letter an official statement of the Association. The AHA continues to fight threats to the free exchange of scholarly ideas.

  • AHA Condemns Second Draft of Executive Travel Ban (March 2017)

    Facing extensive criticism and litigation of his first executive order restricting entry into the United States, President Donald Trump has issued a revised executive order (#13780), this time citing historical evidence in support of the policy restricting immigration and refugee resettlement. The American Historical Association has applied the discipline's professional standards to the revised directive and found that it does not pass historical muster. Moreover, like its predecessor (EO 13769), the order "stands at odds with the values stated in our nation's founding documents."

  • AHA Statement of Support for National March for Science (March 2017)

    The AHA Council voted to officially publish a statement in support of the National March for Science on April 22, 2017. The AHA is firmly aligned with the goals of the March, which calls for the continued funding of evidence-based research and education that promotes the common good.

  • AHA Statement on Right to Nonviolent Political Action (January 2017)

    At its January 5, 2017, meeting, the AHA Council approved the following statement: The AHA upholds the rights of students, faculty, and other historians to speak freely and to engage in nonviolent political action expressing diverse perspectives on historical or contemporary issues. We condemn all efforts to intimidate those expressing their views. Specifically, we condemn in the strongest terms the creation, maintenance, and dissemination of blacklists and watchlists – through media (social and otherwise) - which identify specific individuals in ways that could lead to harassment and intimidation.

  • AHA Condemns Executive Order Restricting Entry to the United States (January 2017)

    The American Historical Association strongly condemns the executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump on January 27 purportedly "protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States."

  • AHA Statement in Aftermath of 2016 Election (November 2016)

    On November 18, 2016, the American Historical Association issued a statement in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, reaffirming its "commitment to mutual respect, reasoned discourse, and appreciation for humanity in its full variety."

  • Letter of Support for National Monument to Reconstruction (November 2016)

    On November 17, 2016, the AHA Council approved a letter to US Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, requesting a timely recommendation to the White House regarding a National Monument in Beaufort, South Carolina, in recognition of Reconstruction. The proposed monument would be the first in the National Park Service to expressly represent the history of emancipation and Reconstruction.

  • Letter of Concern to Polish Government regarding Treatment of Historian Jan Gross (November 2016)

    On November 14, 2016, AHA president Pat Manning sent a letter to Polish President Andrzej Duda expressing concern over the government's treatment and potential prosecution of Jan T. Gross, professor of history at Princeton University. The celebrated historian of the holocaust is facing a libel investigation from Polish authorities for publishing historical accounts of Poles killing Jews during World War II. The potential actions, according to Manning, represent "a serious threat to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and impartial historical scholarship" in Poland.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding Mexican-American Heritage Textbook (September 2016)

    The American Historical Association expresses deep concern about the content of a recent draft of a textbook that has been submitted for approval for Texas’s Mexican American Studies course.

  • Advocacy for Academic Freedom and Institutional Integrity in Turkey (July 2016)

    The AHA shows its support for the legal rights and academic freedom for Turkish scholars.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding the Port of Los Angeles Archive (May 2016)

    The American Historical Association expresses concern about the maintenance of the historical and archival records of the Port of Los Angeles.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding Poland's Museum of the Second World War (May 2016)

    The American Historical Association wishes to register its concern about the possible merging of the planned Museum of the Second World War with a newly proposed museum focusing solely on Poland's military struggle in 1939.

  • Letter of Support for Nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress (April 2016)

    The AHA is among many organizations to express support for Dr. Carla Hyaden to be the nation's fourteenth Librarian of Congress.

  • AHA Signs Memo in Support of Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (April 2016)

    The AHA has signed on to a memo from the Coalition for International Education urging the US Department of Education to protect Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

  • Letter Protesting the Persecution of Turkish Scholars (February 2016)

    AHA President Patrick Manning writes, on the bahalf of the Association, to expresses alarm and deep concern regarding reports of punitive measures and criminal investigations taken against Turkish academics who signed a petition addressing Turkish government policies in southeastern Turkey.

  • Letter Protesting Potential Closure of Musee des Tissus in Lyon (February 2016)

    AHA President Patrick Manning writes, on the behalf of the AHA, to Madame Fleur Pellerin of Ministre de la culture et de la communication in Paris to express the Association’s concern about the possible closing of the Musée des Tissus of the city of Lyon.

  • American Scholarly Societies Joint Statement on "Campus Carry" Legislation (November 2015)

    The AHA signs a joint statement expressing concerned that the Texas Campus Carry law and similar laws in other states introduce serious safety threats on college campuses with a resulting harmful effect on students and professors.

  • Public Statement on Oral History and Human Subjects Regulation (November 2015)

    Affirming the AHA's commitment to ethical standards in historical research, the Research Division of the AHA Council submitted a public comment in support of proposed revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding the Possible Closure of the Illinois State Museum (June 2015)

    Jim Grossman issued a statement on behalf of the American Historical Association expressing concern about a proposal to close Illinois State Museum facilities. The AHA recognizes the important work that historians in museums do to preserve local heritage and educate citizens about the past.

  • Letter Opposing Georgia's Policy Denying Higher Ed Access to Undocumented Students (June 2015)

    AHA president Vicki Ruiz has sent a letter to the members of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia protesting a policy that denies undocumented immigrants the opportunity to attend Georgia's top five public universities.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding the Reductions in Resources for the State Historical Society of Iowa (June 2015)

    On June 16, AHA president Vicki L. Ruiz and executive director James Grossman sent a letter protesting proposed cuts to funding for the research collections at the State Historical Society of Iowa to Governor Terry Branstad and the leadership of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

  • Statement Defending Tenure and Academic Freedom in Wisconsin (June 2015)

    The AHA signs a joint statement expressing concern with proposals pending in the Wisconsin legislature that threaten to undermine several longstanding features of the state's current higher education system: shared governance, tenure, and academic freedom.

  • Letter of Support for the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (2015)

    AHA President Vicki Ruiz, on behalf of the Association, wrote a letter in support of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine. The National Library of Medicine, in particular the History of Medicine Division, is a vital national resource that supports scholarship, education, and public knowledge of medicine and historical and current public health issues.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding Georgia's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (2015)

    The AHA signs a joint statement expressing concern about Georgia's proposed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" [SB 129], which would establish a vendor's right to refuse goods or services to individuals based on their religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or whatever other factors might emanate from religious doctrine or practice.

  • Letter Encouraging Social Studies Funding in ESEA (2015)

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman writes a letter in support of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

  • Letter of Concern Regarding the Virginia Executive Order for Conflict-of-Interest Reporting (2014)

    The AHA writes a letter to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe about the Executive Order for Conflict-of-Interest Reporting, expressing concern regarding with alarm the inappropriate application of detailed financial disclosure requirements to individuals who control small budgets with little discretionary spending.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding the New York Board of Regents Proposed Modifications to Annual Exams (2014)

    The American Historical Association issues a statement to the New York Board of Regents, encouraging them to consider a method by which both Global History and Geography and U.S. History and Government remain vital components of the curriculum and the Regents Exam.

  • AHA Commentary on Revision of K-12 History Social Science Framework (2014)

    The American Historical Association (AHA) supports the California FAIR Act and its attempts to provide an inquiry-based instructional model to elementary students that gives them access to a broad range of viewpoints in primary sources and encourages them to develop their own evidence-based arguments. The AHA urges those engaged in revising the curriculum to adhere to the letter and the spirit of the FAIR Act.

  • Endorsement of Durbin Bill to Expand Student Loan Forgiveness Program to Adjunct Faculty (2014)

    The American Historical Association strongly endorses the legislation introduced by US Senator Dick Durbin that would allow adjunct faculty members at institutions of higher education to qualify-- like other public servants--for federal student loan forgiveness.

  • Letter of Concern About NHPRC's Requirements Regarding Digital Publication (2014)

    The AHA issues a statement regarding NHPRC grantees requirement to publish their editions free of charge.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding the Destruction of El Salvadorian Archives (2014)

    The American Historical Association expresses its dismay in a letter to David Ernesto Morales Cruz over the destruction of archives and theft of the computers of the Asociación Pro-Búsqueda on November 14, 2013.

  • Letter of Concern to University of Illinois Chancellor Regarding Salaita Case (2014)

    The AHA issues a statement of concern, urging University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise to reinstate the offer of a tenured position extended to Professor Steven Salaita in October 2013.

  • Letter of Opposition to Relocation of National Archives for Black Women's History (2014)

    The AHA issues a letter of opposition regarding the relocation of the National Archives for Black Women's History to the National Park Service’s Museum Resource Center in Landover, Maryland.

  • Letter of Support for the Federal Records Act Amendments of 2013 (2014)

    As groups dedicated to greater accountability and transparency in government, the AHA and affiliated societies wrote in support of the framework H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2013, which provides for the assertion of privilege by a former president, and the protections the bill provides for other federal records.

  • Letter to the Board of Education for Jefferson County Colorado Public Schools (2014)

  • Statement of Support for AAUP Opposition to Kansas Board of Regents Social Media Policy (2014)

    The AHA supports the December 20, 2013, AAUP statement opposing the Kansas Board of Regents Social Media Policy under which faculty and other employees may be suspended, dismissed or terminated from employment for “improper use of social media.”

  • Statement of Support for College Board's Revised Advanced Placement US History Course Framework (2014)

    The American Historical Association issues a statement of support to the College Board for its efforts to encourage rigorous history education and ensure that the history classroom is a place of engaged learning and open dialog.

  • Statement of Support for the Council of Graduate Schools' Resolution on Deadlines for Accepting Offers of Admission (2014)

    The American Historical Association Council issues a statement reaffirming the importance of the Council of Graduate Schools’ resolution regarding deadlines for accepting offers of admission to graduate programs, which state that students are under no obligation to respond to offers of admission and financial support prior to April 15, and that imposing earlier deadlines for the acceptance of such offers violates the Council’s and the Association’s principles.

  • AHA Statement on Academic Freedom and the Indiana Governor (July 2013)

    The American Historical Association issues the following statement regarding the recently released email correspondence of former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and his staff relating to the assignment of Howard Zinn’s work by an Indiana University faculty member.

  • Letter of Support for Cuban Scholars to Attend LASA Conference (2013)

    The following letter was submitted to the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, in support to facilitate visas for Cuban scholars to attend the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference.

  • Statement of Concern about Senate Initiative to Restrict Funding of Political Science Research (2013)

    On March 20, 2013, the United States Senate approved an amendment offered by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) to the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, which would restrict the use of federal funds in the National Science Foundation’s Political Science Program. In response, the Council of the American Historical Association approved a statement of concern.

  • Statement of Support for Russian Scholars (2013)

    The American Historical Association issue a statement of concern to Russia legal institutions, deploreing their recent actions to characterize as “political activity” the scholarship produced by any Russian research organization that receives a portion of its funding from sources outside the country, and to label scholars at such organizations “foreign agents.”

  • Statement of Concern about Texas State Board of Education Amendments (2010)

    The AHA Council has issued a statement, calling on the Texas State Board of Education to reconsider their recently proposed amendments to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies.

  • Resolution Regarding the 2010 AHA Annual Meeting (2009)

    At its regular meeting on January 5, 2009, the Council of the American Historical Association passed a resolution in keeping with the spirit of a resolution adopted by the business meeting the previous day.

  • Letter of Concern about Russian Raid on Human Rights Organization (2008)

    AHA president Gabrielle Spiegel and executive director Arnita Jones sent a letter on December 17, 2008, to Russian Federation president Dmitrii Medvedev, expressing on behalf of the American Historical Association concern over the violent raid on the offices the Russian human rights organization Memorial on December 4. The letter called for the authorities in St. Petersburg to return the wrongfully confiscated materials to the Memorial’s offices so they are available to scholars and uphold the integrity of the archive.

  • AHA Council Endorses the National Council for History Education's Statement on Teacher Qualifications (2007)

    Upon recommendation from the Teaching Division, on June 4, 2007, the AHA Council endorsed the National Council for History Education’s Statement on Teacher Qualifications.

  • AHA Supports Adding History to No Child Left Behind Act (2007)

    Resolved that the American Historical Association supports the addition of history (both U.S. and world history) to the areas of assessment and accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act and calls for systematic efforts, including professional development of in-service teachers, to improve the quality of history teaching at elementary and secondary levels. To bring about these changes, the AHA seeks to work in cooperation with the National Council for History Education, the National Council for Social Studies, and other groups of educators.

  • Letter of Concern about Jaywalking Arrest (2007)

    In a letter to Mayor Shirley Franklin of Atlanta, Georgia dated January 10, 2007, AHA President Barbara Weinstein, Past President Linda K. Kerber, and Executive Director Arnita A. Jones, expressed the AHA Council’s concern over an incident between historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto and an Atlanta police officer, that began with jaywalking and escalated to an 8 hour ordeal in jail.

  • Resolution on United States Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession (2007)

    AHA members adopted a January 6 resolution reaffirming the United States Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession. These include the principles of free speech, open debate of foreign policy, and open access to government records in furthering the work of the historical profession; the importance of open inquiry to the pursuit of historical knowledge; and to do whatever they can to bring the Iraq war to a speedy conclusion.

  • Resolution Opposing the Use of "Free Speech Zones" to Restrict Academic Freedom (2007)

    At its annual business meeting on January 6, 2007, members of the AHA adopted a resolution opposing the Use of "Free Speech Zones" to Restrict Academic Freedom.

  • Support for Middle East Studies Association's Protest of the Detention of Scholars in Iran (2007)

    At its biennial meeting on Sunday, June 3, 2007, the AHA Council endorsed endorsed the recent letter from the Middle East Studies Association to protesting the arrests and detention of Dr. Haleh Esfandiari and Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh.

  • Letter of Concern about Denial of Visa to Georgetown University PhD from Bolivia (2006)

    The American Historical Association (AHA) sent a letter to the Departments of State and Homeland Security expressing concern over the plight of Dr. Waskar Ari, a member of the Aymara indigenous people of Bolivia and an authority on religious beliefs and political activism among indigenous Bolivians, who has been prevented from taking up his post as assistant professor of History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln because he has been placed on a list of individuals under “conspicuous revision.”

  • AHA Statement on the 2006 Florida Education Bill

  • Resolution on the United States Government's Abusive Policies toward Foreign Prisoners (2006)

    At its annual business meeting on January 7, 2006, members of the AHA adopted a resolution protesting the United States Government's Abusive Policies toward Foreign Prisoners.

  • Resolution Opposing Academic and Student Bills of Rights and Similar Regulations of the Academic Community (2006)

    At its annual business meeting on January 7, 2006, the American Historical Association passed a resolution opposing the passage of Academic and Student Bills of Rights and all similar attempts to regulate the academic community.

  • Protest to Secretary of State Colin Powell over Rejection of Cuban Scholars' Visa Applications (2004)

    The American Historical Association expressed concern to Secretary of State Colin Powell over the United States’ wholesale rejection last week of sixty-one visa applications from Cuban scholars and intellectuals. These Cubans had been invited to attend the national meeting of the Latin American Studies Association to be held in Las Vegas from 7–9 October 2004.

  • Resolution on Part-Time and Adjunct Employees (2001)

    The OAH and AHA passed a resolution to support the efforts of the joint committee of both organizations to formulate quantitative minimum standards for part-time employment and resolve to produce a guide of best practices in employment of history faculty.

  • Resolution on the Michael Bellesiles Case (2001)

    In response to the harassment of Michael A. Bellesiles after the publication of his book "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," the Council of the American Historical Association issued a statement condemning personal attacks upon or harassment of an author. The Council considers such behavior as inappropriate and damaging to a tradition of free exchange of ideas and the advancement of our knowledge of the past.

  • Resolution on the Smithsonian Institution (2001)

    The AHA Council passed a resolution urging the Smithsonian Institution to revise its agreement with the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, and for the NMAH to develop a comprehensive plan for the future presentation of American history. This reaction is caused by the AHA Council's concern over the amount of influence shared by private donor representatives.

  • Resolution on Funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (1997)

    On January 5, 1997, the AHA Council passed a resolution asking the executive director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to reconsider its strategic plan, which did not place historical documentary edition projects or nationally significant research projects among its funding priorities.