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 ACLS/Mellon Public Fellows Announced

The American Council of Learned Societies has announced its 2016 cohort of Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows, several of which are historians. Fellows take up a two-year, full-time position at select nonprofit and government organizations. AHA members Carly Goodman and Veera Eliisa Mitzner received fellowships.

St. Johns University Team Wins NHPRC Grant

Elaine Carey, AHA life member and past vice president of the Teaching Division, and a team at St. John's University were awarded nearly $150,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to develop curricula and resources to inspired inquiry-based learning by high school students using family history to connect their own histories with broader trends in the world. They will collaborate with the New York City Department of Education and the Queens Memory Project.

Member News for May 2016

The Online Journal of Rhode Island History published "Roger Williams: A Rhode Island and American Founder," by Alan E. Johnson, based on his book The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience (Pittsburgh: Philosophia Publications, 2015).

Kent State University Press published Candice Shy Hopper's book, Lincoln's Generals' Wives, which examines in depth the influence of Jessie Fremont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia on their husbands during the Civil War, and for the first time maps their travel during the war.

The inaugural Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize was awarded by the Massachusetts Historical Society to Mary Babson Fuhrer's Crisis of Community, a compelling story of small-town New England transformed between 1815 and 1848.

Palgrave-Macmillan published Margaret DeLacy's book, The Germ of an Idea: Contagionism, Religion, and Society in Britain, 1660-1730.

Event Raises $17 Million for NMAAHC

On April 30, notables in the entertainment and media world gathered at Denzel Washington's home in Los Angeles to raise $17 million for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

$5 Million Contributed to National WWI Museum and Memorial

As part of the "Call to Duty" Centennial Capital Campaign, Kansas City philanthropists donated more than $5 million to enable construction of a new exhibition gallery and renovation of outdoor space for corporate and community events.

ACLS Awards Digital Extension Grants to Five Humanities Projects

The American Council of Learned Societies has made five awards to support digitally based research projects in extending their reach to new communities of users.

2016-2017 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows Announced

Several historians are named among the American Academy in Rome's Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows, including AHA member Hussein Fancy.

George Sanchez Nominated to the National Council on the Humanities

President Obama has nominated George Sanchez, Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Southern California (USC), to the National Council on the Humanities. Sanchez is a scholar of Chicano history and immigration and also serves as Director of the Center for Diversity and Democracy at USC. He received an Equity Award from the AHA in 2010.

ACLS Names 66 Dissertation Completion Fellows

The 2016 cohort of Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellows includes many historians, including 13 active and former AHA members. ACLS Program Officer Rachel Bernard commented that "Fellows employ an array of methods to better understand our world, by, for example, conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Kenya, studying a modern multilingual Manchurian literary corpus, or delving into colonial-era archives in Chile and Argentina." Each fellow receives a a $30,000 stipend and up to $8,000 in research funds and university fees to assist in completing the dissertation.

For more information about the recipients and their projects, visit http://www.acls.org/.

Historians Receive 2016 Bancroft Prizes

On March 15, Columbia University awarded Mary Sarah Bilder, Deborah A. Rosen, and Andrew Lipman the prestigous Bancroft Prize for works in American history or diplomacy. Rosen and Lipman are AHA members.

Deborah A. Rosen (Lafayette College) won for Border Law: The First Seminole War and American Nationhood (Harvard University Press).

Andrew Lipman (Barnard College) won for The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast (Yale University Press).

Mary Sarah Bilder (Boston College Law School) won for Madison's Hand: Revisiting the Constitutional Convention (Harvard University Press).

2016 Pulitzer Prize for History Announced

T.J. Stiles, a biographer and AHA member, received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History for Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (Alfred A. Knopf). The Pulitzer Prize Board described his work as "a rich and surprising new telling of the journey of the iconic American soldier whose death turns out not to have been the main point of his life."

The finalists in the History category included Brian Matthew Jordan for Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War (Liveright/Norton); Annie Jacobsen for The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency (Little, Brown & Company); and James M. Scott for Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor (W.W. Norton & Company).

Historian Receives a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship

David Trowbridge, associate professor of history at Marshall University, was recently named a 2016-2017 Public Engagement Fellow by the Whiting Foundation. The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship is designed to "amplify the voices of scholars who take up the challenge of engaging the public, build a community of faculty dedicated to this form of service, and ultimately help to restore broader faith in the value of advanced work in the humanities." This is the first year the fellowship has been awarded.

Trowbridge will use fellowship funds to expand the functionality of Clio, a mobile app that guides users to historic and cultural sites using geolinked images, video, and text. 

American Council of Learned Societies Fellows Announced

18 historians (including seven AHA members) were named American Council of Learned Societies Fellows in the 2015-16 competition. "The 2016 ACLS Fellows represent the intellectual vitality of humanities and humanistic social science research today," said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs. ACLS Fellowships allow scholars to spend six to twelve months researching and writing full-time.
The following AHA members were honored:

Melinda Baldwin (Independent Scholar) for "In Referees We Trust? Scientific Legitimacy and the Rise of Peer Review in the Twentieth Century"
Elizabeth A. Foster (Assistant Professor of History, Tufts University) for "Decolonizing Faith: Catholics and the End of French Empire in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Christopher Grasso (Professor of History, College of William and Mary) for "Skepticism and American Faith: From the Revolution to the Civil War"
Robin Judd (Associate Professor of History, Ohio State University, Columbus) for "Love at the Zero Hour: Jewish Brides, Solider Husbands, and Strategies for Reconstruction, 1943-1955"
Fabio Lanza (Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, University of Arizona) for "Revolution In the Quotidian: A History of Maoist Urban Space, 1953-1983"
Becky M. Nicolaides (Affiliated Research Scholar at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, University of Southern California) for "On the Ground in Suburbia: A Chronicle of Social and Civic Transformation in Los Angeles Since 1945"
Vanessa Ogle (Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania) for "Archipelago Capitalism: Tax Havens, Offshore Money, and the Shadow Economy, 1920s-1980s"

Historians Receive 2016 NEH Grants

On March 23, 2016, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $21.1 million in support for 248 humanities projects in 44 states and the District of Columbia. "NEH grants bring the humanities to life for Americans by helping preserve valuable cultural resources, advancing research, and supporting films and exhibitions that communicate the lessons of history and culture to new audiences," according to NEH Chairman William D. Adams. 29 AHA members who received grants are named below. A complete state-by-state listing of the grantees is available here

Dialogues on the Experience of War: Marian Moser Jones; Susannah R. Ottaway

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants: Anne Kelly Knowles

Enduring Questions: Thomas C. Devaney; Claire Bond Potter

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions: Roger Horowitz; Neil F. Safier; Conrad E. Wright

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources: Sheila A. Brennan; Afsaneh Najmabadi; Gregory E. O'Malley; Jonathan M. Soffer

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations Planning: Erin M. Greenwald

Summer Stipends: Jennifer Adair; Jeffrey S. Ahlman, Tamara Chaplin; Omar Cheta; Jennifer L. Derr; Eileen Mary Kane; Allison Madar; Kate Merkel-Hess; Neeti Nair; Julia Anne Osman; Julia E. Rodirguez; Mona L. Siegel; Kendra D. Smith-Howard; Rebecca A. Tuuri; Katherine R. Unterman; Michael Eugene Woods

History Associates CEO wins NCPH Founders Award

Philip L. Cantelon, co-founder and CEO of History Associates, an institutional member of the AHA, received a Founders Award from the National Council on Public History (NCPH). The award recognizes "individuals who played crucial roles in the Council's foundation and early success." Dr. Cantelon, a lifelong public history advocate and NCPH's first executive secretary, was presented the honor at the NCPH Awards Breakfast in Baltimore, Maryland on March 19, 2016. Read the press release here.

Members Represent the AHA

Jeffrey Diamond will represent the AHA at Washington College's commencement on May 21, 2016.

Barbara Hughes represented the AHA at the Friday, February 26, 2016, inauguration of C. Reynold Verret as the sixth president of Xavier University of Louisiana.

Julian Chambliss represented the AHA at the inauguration of Grant H. Cornwell as the fifteenth president of Rollins College on April 9, 2016.