Members Making News

Members Making News highlights the accomplishments of AHA members. Members are encouraged to submit news about prizes, honors, significant publications, media appearances, and other professional achievements. (Please note that this page does not currently feature employment-related announcements, such as those concerning hiring or promotion.) Entries to be considered for inclusion in Members Making News can be about yourself, another AHA member, or a group of whom at least one is an AHA member. AHA staff will review all submissions; we reserve the right to reject or modify submissions that do not meet our guidelines.

  • Former AHA President Awarded 2024 Pulitzer Prize in History (May 2024)

    May 07, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to former AHA president Jacqueline Jones (Univ. of Texas at Austin), who was awarded the 2024 Pulitzer Prize in History for her book, No Right to an Honest Living: The Struggles of Boston’s Black Workers in the Civil War Era (Basic Books). Jones’s book, the prize announcement said, is “a breathtakingly original reconstruction of free Black life in Boston that profoundly reshapes our understanding of the city’s abolitionist legacy and the challenging reality for its Black residents.”

  • AHA President and President-Elect Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (April 2024)

    Apr 25, 2024 - 

    AHA president Thavolia Glymph (Duke Univ.) and president-elect Ben Vinson III (Howard Univ.) were named as two of the individuals elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2024. Members of the academy are “those who discover and advance knowledge and those who apply knowledge to the problems of society.”

  • AHA Members Named 2024–25 National Humanities Center Fellows (April 2024)

    Apr 24, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Joseph M.H. Clark (Univ. of Kentucky), Mostafa Minawi (Cornell Univ.), and John W. Sweet (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), along with the other historians who have been named as 2024–25 National Humanities Center (NHC) fellows. “[The fellows] were selected from a highly competitive group of applicants representing institutions from across the globe,” said NHC president and director Robert D. Newman. “We look forward to their arrival in the fall as they each contribute their individual brilliance to creating a lively intellectual community.”

  • AHA Council Member Receives New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Teaching Award (April 2024)

    Apr 24, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to AHA Council member Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan (Rutgers Univ.), who has been awarded the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance’s 2024 Teaching Award. This award recognizes “innovation and creativity in teaching New Jersey studies on the elementary, middle, secondary, and college level.”

  • AHA Members Author Amicus Brief for SCOTUS Case Involving the Voting Rights Act (April 2024)

    Apr 24, 2024 - 

    AHA members Carol Anderson (Emory Univ.), Orville Vernon Burton (Clemson Univ.), and Alexander Keyssar (Harvard Univ.), as well as J. Morgan Kousser (California Inst. of Technology) have authored an amicus curiae brief to the US Supreme Court in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. et al. v. Secretary of State of Georgia, an appeal involving Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. This group of voting rights historians, working with the Brennan Center for Justice and represented by Mayer Brown LLP and the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic, challenges Georgia’s claim that individuals and community groups cannot bring lawsuits to enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. In the brief, they describe the historical evidence that supports the power of individuals and groups to sue to protect their voting rights.

  • Historians Author Amicus Curiae Brief in Trump v. United States (April 2024)

    Apr 24, 2024 - 

    A group of 15 founding-era historians represented by the Brennan Center for Justice have filed an amicus curiae brief in Trump v. United States, challenging the former president’s claim of immunity. The authors include AHA members Holly Brewer (Univ. of Maryland), Rosemarie Zagarri (George Mason Univ.), Jack N. Rakove (Stanford Univ.), Jonathan Gienapp (Stanford Univ.), Gautham Rao (American Univ.), Alexander Keyssar (Harvard Univ.), and Joanne Freeman (Yale Univ.).

  • AHA Members Awarded 2024 NEH Grants (April 2024)

    Apr 18, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to the 12 AHA members who were selected as recipients for grants to support humanities projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities. “From studies of the impact of emerging technologies on humans to new documentaries that lift up undertold stories, these projects show how the humanities help us understand ourselves and our world,” said NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe.

  • AHA Members Awarded 2024 Guggenheim Fellowships (April 2024)

    Apr 17, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Brian A. Catlos (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), Carol E. Harrison (Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia), Tiya A. Miles (Harvard Univ.), and Andrew M. Riggsby (Univ. of Texas, Austin), along with all of the other historians who have been awarded 2024 Guggenheim Fellowships. The 2024 fellows were “chosen through a rigorous application and peer review process from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants” based on “prior career achievement and exceptional promise.”

  • AHA Member Receives Award in French History for American Historical Review Article (April 2024)

    Apr 08, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Lauren R. Clay (Vanderbilt Univ.), whose article “Liberty, Equality, Slavery: Debating the Slave Trade in Revolutionary France” was awarded the 2023 William Koren Jr. Prize for the most outstanding article in French history by the Society for French Historical Studies. Clay’s article, which was published in the March 2023 issue of the American Historical Review, “challenges many of our assumptions about the revolutionary era as well as our approaches to global history.”

  • AHA Members Awarded 2024 ACLS Fellowships (April 2024)

    Apr 08, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to the eight AHA members who were awarded 2024 ACLS Fellowships: Bobby Cervantes (Harvard Univ.), Robert Franco (Kenyon Coll.), Charlotte Kiechel (Williams Coll.), Judith Mansilla (Florida International Univ.), Catherine Mas (Florida International Univ.), Alberto Ortiz Díaz (Univ. of Texas, Arlington), Yi Ren (Harvard Univ.), and Hermann von Hesse (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). ACLS fellowships “supports scholars who are poised to make original and significant contributions to knowledge in any field of the humanities or interpretive social sciences.”