AHA Announcements

Keep up with the latest AHA activity supporting history and historical thinking in all fields and professions.

  • History Gateways

    Sep 18, 2018 - 

    The American Historical Association (AHA) has received a $1.65 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to lead "History Gateways," an evaluation and substantial revision of introductory college-level history courses to better serve students from all backgrounds and align more effectively with the future needs of a complex society, in partnership with the John N. Gardner Institute and eleven  2- and 4- year universities.

  • AHA Calls for Immediate Release of Xiyue Wang Imprisoned in Iran

    Sep 14, 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

    Sep 10, 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

    Sep 05, 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. Read the letter on the AHA website.

  • AHA Executive Director Sends Letter to Texas Historical Commission Concerning Postponed Porvenir Marker

    Aug 24, 2018 - 

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman has sent a letter to 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.” The AHA’s letter emphasizes process and the integrity of historical work consistent with“the criteria for rigorous scholarship articulated in the AHA’s Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct. “ Grossman asks the commission to“trust the good work done by its professional staff in consultation with historians who have a record of scholarship on this topic and its context.”

  • AHA Endorses Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

    Aug 13, 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.

    Download the Letter as a PDF.

  • AHA Establishes Sexual Harassment Policy

    Aug 08, 2018 - 

    The Council of the American Historical Association has approved a policy on sexual harassment pertaining to the annual meeting and other sanctioned activities. Policies relating specifically to staff are articulated in the Staff Handbook, available to AHA members on request.

    The process for creating this policy included a survey among members to assess the extent of sexual harassment experiences at recent AHA annual meetings. The full results of the survey will be reported in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on History. Remaining issues from the survey, including interviews in appropriately furnished hotel rooms, will be considered by the AHA Professional Division at its fall meeting.

  • AHA Signs COSSA Letter Opposing Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

    Aug 07, 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." 

  • Archivist of US Responds to AHA’s Letter Opposing Destruction of ICE Records

    Aug 07, 2018 - 

    On August 1, 2018, David Ferriero, archivist of the United States, responded to the AHA's letter opposing the destruction of US Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records. In his response, Ferriero outlined the review process for proposed records schedules, which included a mandatory public comment period.  NARA staff "received an unprecedented number of comments" on ICE's proposed records schedule, and ICE will be required to amend the proposed schedule based on these public comments. NARA will respond to comments via a public notice in the Federal Register and has added the AHA to the list of contacts to inform as NARA moves on to the next phase of the review process. 
    The National Coalition for History (NCH) also called on Congress to investigate claims of the apparent disappearance or destruction of records by the Department of Homeland Security connecting migrant children with their parents, a potential violation of the Federal Records Act. The NCH sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs urging Congress to "exercise its oversight responsibility in ensuring that federal agencies are held accountable for their responsibilities" under the records act.

  • AHA Job Openings

    Jul 31, 2018 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for a Marketing Manager and a Meetings and Executive Assistant. We will begin reviewing applications on August 13, 2018.