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.

  • AHA Member Publishes Opinion Piece in New York Times

    Mar 12, 2019 - 

    Tiya Miles, professor of history at Harvard University, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and AHA member, discusses the intersection of the African American historical narrative, gun ownership, and politics in an op-ed in the New York Times.

  • AHA Member Honored as Regents' Professor

    Mar 01, 2019 - 

    On February 7, Donald L. Fixico (Mvskoke/Seminole/Shawnee/Sac & Fox), Distinguished Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University and AHA member, was honored and promoted to the rank of Regents' Professor. This prestigious distinction is held by less than 3 percent of all faculty at Arizona State University. 

  • AHA Members Weigh in on Parental Rights

    Feb 28, 2019 - 

    On February 8, AHA members Dorothy Sue Cobble (Rutgers Univ.) and Mona Siegel (California State Univ., Sacramento) published an editorial in the Washington Post linking the recent push for paid parental leave in America to labor feminists' battle to secure the rights of women workers at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

  • AHA Member Receives Digital and Public History Fellowship

    Feb 27, 2019 - 

    Andrew Gomez, assistant professor of history at the University of Puget Sound and AHA member, earned a 2019-20 Whiting Public Engagement Grant to continue his multifaceted digital, oral, and public history project Race in the City of Destiny. The program funds and encourages humanities faculty who embrace public engagement in the profession.

  • Former AHA President Awarded Prestigious Prize

    Feb 25, 2019 - 

    Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of Chicago, AHA life member, and former AHA president, was awarded a 2019 Dan David Prize from Tel Aviv University for his work on macro history and East Asia. The tremendous honor recognizes interdisciplinary achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, or socio-cultural significance. Pomeranz shares the "Past Time Dimension" award with UCLA historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam.

  • AHA Member Receives Dr. John Hope Franklin Award

    Feb 13, 2019 - 

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education awarded the 2019 Dr. John Hope Franklin Award to Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and African American Studies at Harvard University and AHA life member. The award, which recognizes contributions to higher education, will be presented on March 11, 2019, during the 101st centennial meeting of the American Council on Education (ACE) in Philadelphia.

  • AHA Member Wins Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

    Feb 11, 2019 - 

    David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, AHA member, and former AHA councilor, was awarded the 2019 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for his book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. This annual award honors a work that enhances the general public’s understanding of the Civil War era, and the prize committee praised Blight for “the most comprehensive and multi-dimensional biography of Frederick Douglass ever written.”

  • AHA Member Comments on Conservative Right and Academia

    Feb 05, 2019 - 

    On January 31, Kimberly Phillips-Fein, associate professor of history at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and AHA member, published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education examining the evolution of conservative criticism and distrust of the university system. 

  • Rosenfeld Discusses Democracy, Fact-Checking, and Fake News

    Jan 31, 2019 - 

    The New Yorker published an interview with Sophie Rosenfeld, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and AHA vice president, Research, who discusses the relationship between American democracy and the idea of truth in the era of social media and "fake news." Rosenfeld examines the way in which notions of truth have been contested in American history and emphasizes the continued importance of asking what is true and "How do you know what's true?"

  • Lehfeldt Discusses Importance of Storytelling in History Teaching

    Jan 09, 2019 - 

    Liz Lehfeldt, Mandel Professor in Humanities at Cleveland State University and former AHA vice president, Teaching, responded to the declining number of history majors with her thoughts in a January 9 Inside Higher Ed article, "Why Study History?" Lehfeldt asks, "What story does our pedagogy tell about the significance of history and why students should care?"