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

  • Hiring: Editor, Perspectives on History (October 2021)

    Oct 14, 2021 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and supporting the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for Editor, Perspectives on History. We will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2021.

  • AHR Article Featured in Smithsonian Magazine (October 2021)

    Oct 07, 2021 - 

    A Smithsonian Magazine article by Ted Scheinman featured Andrew Denning’s essay “Deep Play? Video Games and the Historical Imaginary,” which appeared in the American Historical Review’s March 2021 issue. In Scheinman's article, Denning (Univ. of Kansas) discussed historical accuracy in historically set video games and their potential as learning tools for teaching history.

  • AHA Member Named Co-Winner of the 2021 ASA Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize (October 2021)

    Oct 07, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), who was named the co-winner of the 2021 African Studies Association’s Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize for her book Gender, Separatist Politics, and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2019). The Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize is awarded annually by the Women’s Caucus of the ASA for an outstanding book that prioritizes African women’s experiences. 

  • AHA Member Named Co-Chair of America250 Foundation’s History Education Advisory Council (October 2021)

    Oct 07, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA Council member Reginald Ellis (Florida A&M Univ.), who was named co-chair of the America250 Foundation’s History Education Advisory Council. The Advisory Council “will work to deepen our shared understanding of the nation’s past and broaden our understanding of each other as Americans” as part of America250’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of American independence.

  • AHA Announces Grant Program to Support Small History Organizations (October 2021)

    Oct 04, 2021 - 

    The AHA announces a major new initiative to offer $2.5 million in grants to dozens of small history-related organizations adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities' American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking Program, the AHA’s Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations provides financial support from $10,000 to $75,000 for short-term projects that explore new ideas or build on experiments initiated during the pandemic. Membership associations, site- or location-based institutions, and history and humanities departments at historically Black and tribally controlled colleges and universities with annual budgets of less than $750,000 are eligible to apply between October 15 and December 14, 2021. Recipients will be announced by March 1, 2022. Successful applicants may begin projects as early as April 1, 2022. More information on application requirements is available at, or contact project director Dana Schaffer, the deputy director of the AHA with any questions.

  • AHA Announces Initiative to Support Teaching History with Material Culture (October 2021)

    Oct 04, 2021 - 

    The AHA announces a new initiative to help educators make effective use of material culture in their in-person or remote classrooms. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations program, “Teaching Things: Material Culture in the History Classroom” will create publications that prepare and enable educators to use historical artifacts in their classrooms. A booklet for teachers will serve as a guide to teaching history with material culture alongside other primary sources. Two digital Teaching Toolkits (one for secondary educators and one for college instructors) will include detailed lesson plans, object analyses, discussion questions, assignments, assessment guides, and activities. A digital Object Library will include objects for classroom use and additional materials for teachers to craft lesson plans that fit their curriculum. “Teaching Things” is directed by Sarah Weicksel, director of research and publications, and will run through September 30, 2022.

  • AHA Member Named 2022 New America Fellow (September 2021)

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Keisha N. Blain (Univ. of Pittsburgh) and fellow historian Ellen Wu (Indiana Univ.) for being named 2022 New America Fellows. The New America Fellows Program “invests in thinkers—journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts—who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day.”

  • AHA Member Awarded 2021 Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year Award (September 2021)

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Ty Seidule (Hamilton Coll.), who was named the recipient of the 2021 Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year Award. Seidule “challenges us to reexamine what we should commemorate versus what we should remember,” said HHA executive vice president Lawrence Horwitz. “Importantly, as an historian and author, he raises critical questions about the correlation between commemoration and personal values.” The HHA Historian of the Year Award is awarded to an individual “for making a unique contribution in the research and presentation of history, and whose work has encouraged a wide, if not provocative, discussion and greater understanding of the history of our nation.”

  • AHA Member Awarded 2021 George Washington Prize (September 2021)

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member and former president Mary Beth Norton (Cornell Univ.), who has been awarded the 2021 George Washington Prize for her book 1774: The Long Year of Revolution. Co-sponsored by George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Washington College, the George Washington Prize “recognizes the past year’s best works on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance a broad public understanding of early American history.”

  • Historians Named to 2021 Class of MacArthur Fellows (September 2021)

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Monica Muñoz Martinez (Univ. of Texas, Austin) and fellow historians Ibram X. Kendi (Boston Univ.) and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton Univ.) for being named 2021 MacArthur Fellows. The MacArthur Foundation awarded 25 fellowships in 2021 to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”