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 Writes Op-ed in Support of the Humanities

    Feb 17, 2017 - 

    Dianne Harris, dean of the College of Humanities and a professor of history at the University of Utah, published an op-ed in the Salt-Lake Tribune about the importance of the humanities for understanding what it means to be an American. Countering those who would propose to cut or eliminate funding for the National Endwoment for the Humanities, Harris argues that this work "is essential to the health of our democracy because it supports the development of our educated citizenry."

  • Historians Speaking Out on Immigration History

    Feb 06, 2017 - 

    Historians, including AHA members, have been bringing historical perspective to public discussions in response to President Trump's executive order limiting entry into the US. AHA member Paul A. Kramer (Vanderbilt Univ.) explores the competing impulses of both pluralism and xenophobia throughout US history in an article for Slate.com. Stephanie Hinnershitz (Cleveland State Univ.) explains the "two faces" of American immigration history for Cleveland.com. The Immigration History Research Center, along with the AHA-affiliated Immigration and Ethnic History Society, has curated #ImmigrationSyllabus to bring important historical analysis and primary sources into classrooms (and beyond). These are a few of the many ways historians are bringing vital insights to current policy. You can also read the AHA’s statement condemning the executive order from both an institutional and historical perspective.

  • "10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises"

    Feb 01, 2017 - 

    Anita Casavantes Bradford, chair of the AHA's Graduate and Early Career Committee, joined her colleagues at the University of California, Irvine, to author advice for faculty members and administrators to assist students negatively affected by President Trump's executive order restricting entry into the United States and compelling state and local law enforcement to actively enforce federal immigration law. Considering how many colleague students have a documentation status that may put them at risk, Bradford and her co-authors provide suggestions for the higher ed community to provide support. Read the article from InsideHigherEd.com.

  • Member News, January 2017

    Jan 31, 2017 - 
    • Jens R. Hentschke published two monographs: Positivismo ao estilo gaúcho: a ditadura de Júlio de Castilhos e seu impacto sobre a construção do Estado e da nação no Brasil de Getúlio Vargas (Porto Alegre: EdiPUCRS, 2016), and Philosophical Polemics, School Reform, and Nation-Building in Uruguay, 1868-1915: Reforma Vareliana and Batllismo From a Transnational Perspective (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2016).
    • Hunter Jones has been accepted by Past Preservers Casting. Additionally, her historical book entitled In Bed With The British is under contract with U.K. publisher Pen & Sword Books, with a publication announcement to be made in the near future.
    • E. M. Rose has been named the winner of Phi Beta Kappa Society annual Ralph Waldo Emerson book award for The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe (Oxford University Press, 2015). The Emerson Award honors scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity, including works in the fields of history, philosophy and religion as well as the social sciences.
    • Catherine Eagleton has been named new associate director for curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Eagleton, earned her doctorate at the University of Cambridge, join the museum from the British Library. Before joining the British Library, Eagleton was a curator at the British Museum.
    • Jerry Proust, Visiting Assistant Professor at Marquette University, published an op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on infrastructure spending under Donald Trump.
  • "Why Trump is making Muslims the new Chinese"

    Jan 30, 2017 - 

    In an opinion piece for CNN, Mae Ngai (Columbia Univ.) makes the historical comparison between President Donald Trump's recent Executive Order on immigration and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Made ostensibly on the grounds of national security, the Act also displayed "palpable animus" toward an ethnic group. Responses to the Act in the late twentieth century changed immigration law to prohibit blatant discrimination. But "it remains to be seen how far we have really come."

  • "The Grisley Work of VA Secretaries"

    Jan 19, 2017 - 

    Jessica Adler, assistant professor of history at Florida International University, composed a piece for The Hill on the nomination of David Shulkin as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • NEH Grants Support Historians Expanding Access to the Humanities

    Jan 13, 2017 - 

    Two dozen AHA members, along with many other historians, received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities in recent weeks. Among other groups, this round of awards supports cultural programs for disadvantaged populations; digitization of events at local cultural institutions; and researchers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Find the full list of grant winners on the NEH website.

  • "Why We Need a Monument to Reconstruction"

    Dec 14, 2016 - 

    Gregory Downs, Eric Foner, and Kate Masur have written a New York Times op-ed urging President Obama to create a National Park Service monument to Reconstruction in Beaufort, SC. In November, AHA sent a letter to US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in support of the monument.

  • AHA Member Responds to "Echo Chamber" Op-Ed

    Dec 13, 2016 - 

    Elizabeth Lehfeldt (Vice President of the AHA's Teaching Division and Professor of History at Cleveland State University) responded to Nicholas Kristof's op-ed in The New York Times, "The Dangers of Echo Chambers on College Campuses." In An Open Letter and Invitation to Nicholas Kristof she writes, "come visit me and my students at an urban, public university where many of my students are Pell-eligible, working multiple jobs, raising families, all while being among the most engaged and diligent students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching....They are living, breathing students and they have a lot to teach you."

  • Member Represents the AHA

    Dec 09, 2016 - 

    Allyson Poska will represent the AHA at the April 21, 2017 inauguration of Troy Paino as the tenth president of the University of Mary Washington.