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 Past President Tyler Stovall Interviewed on Anniversary of WWI Armistice

    Nov 15, 2018 - 

    On November 9, 2018, Tyler Stovall, AHA past president and professor of history and dean of humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz, offered comments on the lessons and legacy of World War I during a live interview with i24News. Stovall drew parallels between the divisive nationalist fervor in Europe today and that of 100 years ago and discussed the war's lasting impact in the Middle East. The interview, available for download, comprised part of the global 24-hour television news network's coverage marking the centennial anniversary of the WWI Armistice.

  • AHA Member Receives Receives Emmett Leahy Award

    Nov 15, 2018 - 

    On November 9, Trudy H. Peterson, AHA member, former member and vice president of the AHA Professional Division, and former acting archivist of the United States, was honored with the 2018 Emmett Leahy Award for Excellence in Records & Information Management. The award recognizes an individual whose contributions and outstanding accomplishments have a major impact on the records and information management profession.

  • Karin Wulf to Represent AHA at 2019 William & Mary Presidential Inauguration

    Nov 14, 2018 - 

    Karin Wulf, AHA member and executive director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, will represent the Association at the official inauguration of Katherine Rowe as the 28th president of the College of William & Mary on February 8, 2019.

  • AHA Member Urges Action to Help First-Generation Students

    Oct 31, 2018 - 

    On October 21, Marcia Chatelain, AHA member and associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the difficulties faced by first-generation students. The AHA hopes to help evaluate and revise introductory courses for first-generation students through History Gateways.

  • Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies Recognizes Paul F. Grendler

    Oct 09, 2018 - 

    On October 2, 2018, the Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies of Boston College awarded to Professor Paul F. Grendler, Professor of History emeritus, University of Toronto, the George E. Ganss, S. J., Award for "excellence in scholarly contributions to the field of Jesuit Studies." He also delivered the Feore Family Lecture on Jesuit Studies.

  • Allan J. Lichtman Published in USA Today

    Oct 02, 2018 - 

    On September 26, Allan J. Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History at American University, published an op-ed in USA Today, based on his new book, The Embattled Vote in America. "The Founders unwisely gave states control of the vote," he wrote. The problem today "is not fraudulent voting but the suppression of voting" through "stringent voter photo ID laws, draconian purges of registration rolls, the disenfranchisement of former felons and restrictions on the opportunity to register."

  • 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.

  • Ruth Ben-Ghiat Will Be Visiting Scholar at Penn's Annenberg's School Spring 2019

    Sep 12, 2018 - 

    Ruth Ben-Ghiat will be a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Media at Risk, part of the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. Her last book, Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema, is a study of Fascist film propaganda. She is currently writing about threats to press freedoms in authoritarian regimes, and in President Trump's America.

  • AHA Members Appointed to State Department Historical Advisory Committee

    Aug 31, 2018 - 

    Earlier this week, the State Department appointed three AHA members to its Historical Advisory Committee. The newly appointed members are David Engerman (Brandeis Univ.), Adriane Lentz-Smith (Duke Univ.), and Julia Irwin (Univ. of South Florida). As members of the committee, they will be responsible for advising the Office of the Historian at the State Department. 

  • ACLS Awards over $940,000 to African Humanities Scholars

    Aug 15, 2018 - 

    The ACLS has announced the 2018 class of scholars for its African Humanities Program, now in its 10th year. Among the recipients are five historians, each of whom will be offered a two- to four-month-long residency at one of seven AHP residential centers on the continent, while they pursue their research. "Fellows taking up residencies will benefit from interaction with new academic communities and with library and other research resources at residential sites," noted Andrzej Tymowski, director of ACLS International Programs. 

Allan J. Lichtman Published in USA Today

<p>On Sept. 26, Allan J. Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History at American University, published an <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/18/impeach-trump-nixon-clinton-republicans-allan-lichtman-column/100573416/">op-ed</a> in USA Today, based on his new book, The Embattled Vote in America. &ldquo;The Founders unwisely gave states control of the vote,&rdquo; he wrote. The problem today &ldquo;is not fraudulent voting but the suppression of voting" through &ldquo;stringent voter photo ID laws, draconian purges of registration rolls, the disenfranchisement of former felons and restrictions on the opportunity to register.&rdquo;</p>