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.


Hagley Museum and Library and the Business History Conference Award

The co-recipients for the 2016 Hagley Museum and Library and the Business History Conference award for the best book in business history (broadly defined) are:

Jonathan Coopersmith, Texas A&M University, Faxed: The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)

Vicki Howard, Hartwick College, From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)


Member News for June 2016

Shulamit S. Magnus has published A Woman's Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother (Oxford: Littman Library, 2016).

Lois G. Schwoerer's book, Gun Culture in Early Modern England, was published in May 2016 by the University of Virginia Press.

Cambridge University Press published Iris Berger's new book, Women in Twentieth-Century Africa, which explores women's struggles to control their own marital, sexual, and economic lives and to gain a significant voice in local and national politics.

Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Princeton University.


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.


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