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

  • AHA President and Executive Director Publish Op-Ed on “Divisive Concepts” Legislation (October 2021)

    Oct 21, 2021 - 

    AHA president Jacqueline Jones and executive director James Grossman published an op-ed in The Hill about “bad legislation” enacted in Texas and other states on “divisive concepts” in history education. “We cannot, and should not, expect teachers to offer ‘opposing’ views on the essence of either slavery or genocide,” they wrote, “except as a way to show how controversies emerged over such inhumane aspects of our past.”

  • AHA Institutional Member Launches Website to Further Public Knowledge of Federal History (October 2021)

    Oct 19, 2021 - 

    The Public Education Project of the Society for History in the Federal Government, an AHA affiliate and institutional member, has launched a new website with the goal of “further[ing] public knowledge of federal history, reframed to emphasize the stories of the hundreds of federal agencies that have carried out government policies since 1789.” The website will serve “both the general public and members of the professional history community by maintaining a portal to the history webpages of almost 250 federal agencies, searchable by functional categories and keywords, and by providing contact information for federal agency history offices.”

  • 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.”