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 Member Awarded Nevins Prize by Society of American Historians (July 2021)

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Brianna Nofil (Coll. of William & Mary), who was awarded the 2021 Allan Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians for her dissertation, “Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Origins of Immigrant Incarceration, 1900-2002.” The Nevins Prize is awarded annually to a doctoral dissertation on an American subject.

  • AHA Members Elected as Fellows to the British Academy (July 2021)

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

    AHA members David A. Bell (Princeton Univ.), Susanna K. Elm (Univ. of California, Berkeley), and Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Univ.) were among 84 new fellows elected to the British Academy “in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the SHAPE subjects—the social sciences, humanities and the arts.” The British Academy is the United Kingdom’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

  • AHA Member Awarded Richards Prize for Article on Post-Civil War Incarceration of Black Children (July 2021)

    Jul 20, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Catherine Jones (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz), who has been awarded the 2021 George and Ann Richards Prize for the best article published in the Journal of the Civil War Era. Jones’s article, “The Trials of Mary Booth and the Post-Civil War Incarceration of African American Children,” appeared in the September 2020 issue.

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on the Jesuit Mission to China (July 2021)

    Jul 20, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Litian Swen (City Univ. of New York), who recently published his first book, Jesuit Mission and Submission: Qing Rulership and the Fate of Christianity in China, 1644-1735 (Brill, 2021). In his book, Swen “explains how the Jesuits entered the Manchu world after the Manchus conquered Beijing in 1644” and “redefines the rise and fall of the Christian mission in the early Qing court through key events.”

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on American Internment during World War II (July 2021)

    Jul 16, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member John E. Schmitz (Northern Virginia Community Coll., Annandale), who recently published his first book, Enemies Among Us: The Relocation, Internment, and Repatriation of German, Italian, and Japanese Americans during the Second World War (Univ. of Nebraska Press). In his book, Schmitz “examines the causes, conditions, and consequences of America’s selective relocation and internment of its own citizens and enemy aliens, as well as the effects of internment on those who experienced it.”

  • AHA Member Interviewed on CNN (July 2021)

    Jul 15, 2021 - 

    AHA member Aaron O’Connell (Univ. of Texas, Austin) was interviewed by Paula Newton on CNN Newsroom. In the interview, O’Connell discussed US interests in Afghanistan.

  • AHA Member Receives 2021 HistoryMakers Fellowship (July 2021)

    Jul 15, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Adrienne Petty (Coll. of William and Mary), who was awarded a 2021 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy and Teaching Fellowship, presented by The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive. This fellowship is “designed to foster classroom innovation and teaching and to diversify curricula while furthering student learning and research skills during the upcoming academic year.”

  • AHA Member and Former AHA Staff Member Awarded ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships (July 2021)

    Jul 09, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Lindsey Amaral, former AHA staff member Marketus Presswood, and the 39 other newly named American Council of Learned Societies Leading Edge Fellows. The ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship program “aims to demonstrate the potential of people with advanced degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to solve problems outside the academy.” 

  • AHA Member Named Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University (July 2021)

    Jul 06, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Ned Blackhawk (Yale Univ.), who has been named the Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University. Blackhawk has written about American Indian historiography for the AHA, including the booklet American Indians and the Study of U.S. History.