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.

  • AHA Institutional Member Launches Website to Further Public Knowledge of Federal History (October 2021)

    Oct 19, 2021 - 

    The Public Education Project of the Society for History in the Federal Government, an AHA affiliate and institutional member, has launched a new website with the goal of “further[ing] public knowledge of federal history, reframed to emphasize the stories of the hundreds of federal agencies that have carried out government policies since 1789.” The website will serve “both the general public and members of the professional history community by maintaining a portal to the history webpages of almost 250 federal agencies, searchable by functional categories and keywords, and by providing contact information for federal agency history offices.”

  • AHA Member Named Co-Winner of the 2021 ASA Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize (October 2021)

    Oct 07, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), who was named the co-winner of the 2021 African Studies Association’s Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize for her book Gender, Separatist Politics, and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2019). The Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize is awarded annually by the Women’s Caucus of the ASA for an outstanding book that prioritizes African women’s experiences. 

  • AHA Member Named Co-Chair of America250 Foundation’s History Education Advisory Council (October 2021)

    Oct 07, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA Council member Reginald Ellis (Florida A&M Univ.), who was named co-chair of the America250 Foundation’s History Education Advisory Council. The Advisory Council “will work to deepen our shared understanding of the nation’s past and broaden our understanding of each other as Americans” as part of America250’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of American independence.

  • AHA Member Named 2022 New America Fellow (September 2021)

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Keisha N. Blain (Univ. of Pittsburgh) and fellow historian Ellen Wu (Indiana Univ.) for being named 2022 New America Fellows. The New America Fellows Program “invests in thinkers—journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts—who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day.”

  • AHA Member Awarded 2021 Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year Award (September 2021)

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Ty Seidule (Hamilton Coll.), who was named the recipient of the 2021 Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year Award. Seidule “challenges us to reexamine what we should commemorate versus what we should remember,” said HHA executive vice president Lawrence Horwitz. “Importantly, as an historian and author, he raises critical questions about the correlation between commemoration and personal values.” The HHA Historian of the Year Award is awarded to an individual “for making a unique contribution in the research and presentation of history, and whose work has encouraged a wide, if not provocative, discussion and greater understanding of the history of our nation.”

  • AHA Member Awarded 2021 George Washington Prize (September 2021)

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member and former president Mary Beth Norton (Cornell Univ.), who has been awarded the 2021 George Washington Prize for her book 1774: The Long Year of Revolution. Co-sponsored by George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Washington College, the George Washington Prize “recognizes the past year’s best works on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance a broad public understanding of early American history.”

  • Historians Named to 2021 Class of MacArthur Fellows (September 2021)

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Monica Muñoz Martinez (Univ. of Texas, Austin) and fellow historians Ibram X. Kendi (Boston Univ.) and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton Univ.) for being named 2021 MacArthur Fellows. The MacArthur Foundation awarded 25 fellowships in 2021 to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

  • AHA Member Recognized by Chicago History Museum (September 2021)

    Sep 17, 2021 - 

    AHA member Michael H. Ebner (Lake Forest Coll.) has received the Chicago History Museum’s Scammon Award recognizing his 30 years as a member of its board of trustees. Ebner served on three presidential search committees, chaired multiple trustee committees, and is co-founder of the museum’s Urban History Seminar, established in 1984. 

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on Nationalism and Belonging in Prague (September 2021)

    Sep 09, 2021 - 

    AHA member Chad Bryant (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) published his book, Prague: Belonging in the Modern City with Harvard University Press in May 2021. Through the lens of Czechia’s history of nationalism and “tensions between exclusionary nationalism and on-the-ground diversity,” Prague “tells the stories of five marginalized individuals who, over the last two centuries, forged their own notions of belonging in one of Europe’s great cities.”

  • AHA Member Appointed Interim Director of NYPL’s Cullman Center (September 2021)

    Sep 09, 2021 - 

    AHA member Martha Hodes (New York Univ.) has been appointed to a two-year term as interim director of the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, beginning September 2021. The Cullman Center is an “international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers.” Hodes was a Cullman Center Fellow in 2018–19.