Historians Making News

This space highlights the accomplishments of historians. Members and non-member historians are encouraged to submit news about prizes, promotions, honors, tenure, and new jobs. Entries to be considered for inclusion on "Historians Making News" can be about yourself, another historian, or group of historians. AHA staff will review all submissions.


2016 National Book Awards

November 30, 2016- Ibram X. Kendi, assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida, has won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books). Historians Heather Ann Thompson and Andrés Reséndez were named finalists for the prize.

Kendi, Thompson, and Reséndez are AHA members.


"The Trump Protests Have Reinvigorated the American Radical Tradition"

November 21, 2016- In response to the recent presidential election, AHA member Jim Downs (associate professor of history at Connecticut College) has penned an article for Slate Magazine on the history of protests in the United States.


Daina Ramey Berry Pens Op-Ed in New York Times

October 18, 2016- Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor of history and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses the practice of collecting body parts of deceased slaves as "trophies" or heirlooms, and how returning these relics can help restore healing and justice. 


Peter Kastor Interviewed on Presidential Debates in History

October 12, 2016- Peter Kastor, a professor of history and American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis, was invited to discuss political debate history on a recent episode of St. Louis on the Air. Kastor also serves as principal investigator for a major digital archive entitled "Creating a Federal Government."


"The Shady History of Big Sugar"

September 21, 2016- On September 16, the New York Times published an op-ed by historian David Singerman about the history of "Big Sugar."


Historian Interviewed on MJs Minute

September 21, 2016- Antoinette Burton, professor of history at the University of Illinois and chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee, was interviewed about the importance of the humanities on MJs Minute, a video column for Illinois's News-Gazette.


Historian Engages Perspectives Article in Own Advocacy on Teaching

In "What does historical thinking mean? Why does it matter?", historian Robert Roy Foresman (North Dakota State Univ.) reflects on "Graduate Education Reconsidered" (Perspectives, April 2016) and considers its application to his own teaching.


NEH Grantees Announced

August 30, 2016- Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced 290 humanities projects in 15 categories that will receive $79 million in grant funds. AHA members received grants in the following categories: Next Generation PhDs, Public Scholar Program, Scholarly Editions and Translations, Collaborative Research, Institutes for Colleges and University Teachers, Institutes for School Teachers, Seminars for College Teachers, Seminars for School Teachers, State Humanities Councils Grants, Digital Humanities Implementation Grants, Exhibitions Grants, and Landmarks of American History.


New Members Appointed to the Institute for Advanced Study

August 19, 2016- Fifty-one historians were appointed as Members in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study for the 2016–17 academic year, including AHA members Hwisang Cho, Jennifer Davis, Thomas Dodman, Priscilla Roberts, Daniel Sherman, Nancy Sinkoff and Mark Tauger, as well as 18 international scholars from institutions as far away as China and Jordan. Find the full list on the IAS website.


Local Historians Fight to Commemorate 'Little Syria'

August 8, 2016 - A small group of historians are working to gain recognition for New York City's first community of Arab immigrants. First established in the 1880s, the neighborhood became a "thriving literary community." Read more from Gothamist.com.


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