AHA Announcements: 2022 Archive

  • Hiring: Two Full-Time Researchers (May 2022)

    May 13, 2022 - 

    The AHA is accepting applications for two full-time researchers for its project, Mapping the Landscape of Secondary US History Education, as part of a two-year, grant-funded initiative. Review of applications will begin May 27, 2022, and will continue until position is filled.

  • AHA Member Attends Inauguration of Clark University President (May 2022)

    May 13, 2022 - 

    On April 30, AHA member Amy Richter (Clark Univ.) represented the AHA at the inauguration of David B. Fithian as the 10th president of Clark University. Students, faculty, staff, and other guests attended the event to hear Fithian’s inaugural address, “Reaching for Altitude,” at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts.

  • Hiring: American Historical Review Managing Editor (May 2022)

    May 02, 2022 - 

    The AHA is accepting applications for a managing editor to oversee the production of its scholarly journal, the American Historical Review. Review of applications will begin May 18, 2022, and will continue until position is filled.

  • AHA Revises Collective Bargaining Statement (April 2022)

    Apr 21, 2022 - 

    The AHA has revised its statement on the right of all historians to organize and join unions. Our position remains the same on that fundamental right, but the revision offers some clarifications, especially on the inclusion of graduate students among that community of historians.

  • AHA Awards $2.5 Million in Funding to Small History Organizations Nationwide (March 2022)

    Mar 29, 2022 - 

    Fifty organizations will receive grants ranging from $12,000 to $75,000 each through the AHA's Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program, a funding opportunity made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The grant recipients will implement short-term projects that explore new ideas or build on experiments initiated during the pandemic-from online programming or publications to using new technologies or expanding audiences and accessibility. The grant recipients include site-based organizations, membership associations, and history departments at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

  • AHA Signs On to Joint Statement of Opposition to Banning Scholars Based on Citizenship (March 2022)

    Mar 17, 2022 - 

    The American Historical Association has signed onto a joint statement from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages “strongly oppos[ing] the vilification and exclusion of our Russian and Belarusian students and colleagues.” “Banning Russians and Belarusians based solely on their citizenship goes against our fundamental principles of scholarship, open communication, and dialogue,” says the statement. “Such sanctions have the potential to harm those living in authoritarian regimes who are opposed to the war. We encourage all members of our community who stand against the war in Ukraine to come together and support our students and colleagues.”

  • AHA Sends Letter to Iowa State University Urging Reconsideration of Planned Budget Cuts (March 2022)

    Mar 16, 2022 - 

    The American Historical Association has sent a letter to the leadership of Iowa State University expressing “grave concern about Iowa State University’s ‘reimagining’ of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the imposition of a cumulative 34% cut to the Department of History’s already lean operating budget.” “[W]e are mystified by the logic of a budget that will so dramatically diminish the presence of a department that has performed well, operated efficiently, and plays a central role in the university’s historic roots as a land grant institution dedicated to the role of higher education in public culture,” the AHA writes. The letter urges “the college to reconsider its drastic differential cuts” and emphasizes the Department of History is a “positive good to the budget, the university, and the citizens of Iowa.”

  • AHA Signs On to Coalition for International Education Letter Urging Reauthorization of Key Title IV Programs (March 2022)

    Mar 10, 2022 - 

    The AHA has signed on to a letter from the Coalition for International Education calling on congressional leaders to support the reauthorization of key programs under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. “Since the National Defense Education Act of 1958, Title VI continues to be a key federal-university partnership in the nation’s strategy for ensuring US security, global competitiveness, and deep understanding of foreign languages and cultures,” the letter states. “The USICA and COMPETE Act bills reauthorize the key Title VI foundational programs that address the nation’s critical and expanding needs for expertise in foreign languages, world regions, and international business, to be available whenever an international or global crisis erupt.”

  • AHA Signs On to African Studies Association Statement on Discriminatory Treatment of Africans Fleeing War in Ukraine (March 2022)

    Mar 10, 2022 - 

    The AHA has signed onto a statement from the African Studies Association (ASA) on the “discriminatory treatment meted out to Africans, including scholars and students, fleeing the war in Ukraine.” In the statement, the ASA condemns “this discriminatory, inhumane, and racist treatment of Africans fleeing Ukraine, which clearly violates international law,” and “call[s] on Ukrainian and authorities in neighboring countries to treat all those fleeing the conflict equally, with dignity, and without discrimination based on race or status.”

  • Hiring: AHA Senior Accountant (March 2022)

    Mar 04, 2022 - 

    The AHA is accepting applications for a senior accountant to manage the Association’s business office operations and serve as liaison to the AHA’s outsourced CPA firm. Review of applications will begin March 18, 2022, and will continue until position is filled.

  • Historians Condemn Russian Invasion of Ukraine (February 2022)

    Feb 28, 2022 - 

    The AHA has released a statement “condemn[ing] in the strongest possible terms Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine” and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s abuse of history as justification for the attack. “Putin’s rhetorical premise for this brutal violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty is anchored by a set of outlandish historical claims, including an argument that Ukraine was entirely a Soviet creation,” the AHA wrote. “We vigorously support the Ukrainian nation and its people in their resistance to Russian military aggression and the twisted mythology that President Putin has invented to justify his violation of international norms.” To date, 42 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • Bomb Threats against HBCUs: A History of Domestic Terrorism (February 2022)

    Feb 23, 2022 - 

    The AHA has released a statement historicizing and condemning the numerous bomb threats received by at least 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in early 2022. “These crimes are part of a long history of attacks on institutions that serve the Black community” writes the AHA. “[These acts] spawned not only a hateful legacy, but also a current, ongoing threat to the physical safety and emotional well-being of all Black Americans.” To date, 44 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • AHR Launches New History in Focus Podcast (February 2022)

    Feb 23, 2022 - 

    The American Historical Review has launched a new podcast, History in Focus. Go behind the scenes with the world's leading history journal as we explore the who, what, how, and why of doing history in the 21st century. In the first episode, History in Focus producer and host Daniel Story talks with AHR editor Mark Philip Bradley about the changes coming to the journal in March, before turning to a conversation with contributors to the Odeuropa project, an EU grant-funded research endeavor that seeks to excavate and bring back to life the smells of Europe’s past. Tune in on the AHA’s website or subscribe on your favorite podcast platform. 

  • AHA Condemns Violations of Presidential Records Act (February 2022)

    Feb 09, 2022 - 

    The AHA has released a statement “condemn[ing] in the strongest terms former President Donald J. Trump’s reported extensive and repeated violations of the Presidential Records Act of 1978.” “Historians, journalists, and other researchers depend on the preservation of presidential records to educate the public and inform future administrations,” the AHA wrote. “These acts of destruction and noncompliance with the Presidential Records Act demonstrate blatant contempt for both the rule 20of law and the principles of transparency and accountability that constitute the bedrock of our nation’s democracy.” To date, 30 organizations have signed onto this statement.

  • AHA Sends Letter to Collin College President Regarding Nonrenewal of History Faculty (February 2022)

    Feb 07, 2022 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to Collin College president Dr. Neil Matkin stating that it “views with alarm your decision not to renew the contract of Dr. Michael Phillips, professor of history” after Professor Phillips’s request that his students “consider wearing masks to protect their own health and the health of their classmates.” This request, along with the historical context Professor Phillips provided about responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, was “well within institutional guidelines. . . . We fear that your actions will serve to intimidate other history professors who seek to teach about the history of pandemics and other controversial issues, and seek to protect the health of their students.”

  • AHA Signs on to Statement Urging State Department to Protect Afghan Students and Scholars (February 2022)

    Feb 03, 2022 - 

    The AHA has signed onto a statement from the Middle Eastern Studies Association, the American Institute of Afghan Studies, and Scholars at Risk encouraging US State Department officials “to take immediate action to enable the safe and speedy relocation of Afghanistan's students and scholars, many of whom represent the best and brightest of the country's young generation.” The current admission pathways into the US, the statement says, “are not available to many Afghans who face challenges . . . . As the spring semester commences, we strongly encourage the White House to seize this moment and open a pathway for them to return to school and productive academic careers.”

  • AHA Council Commends Staff for 135th Annual Meeting (January 2022)

    Jan 12, 2022 - 

    On behalf of the entire membership of the AHA, the AHA Council offers its highest commendation and deep gratitude for the efforts of AHA staff in organizing a successful annual meeting. Despite the obstacles posed by COVID-19, over 900 members attended the meeting in New Orleans, even as dozens of panels moved online (to take place in late February). These last-minute changes took Herculean effort on the part of executive director Jim Grossman and his staff. Council is especially grateful to meetings manager Debbie Doyle, who essentially organized two entirely “new” meetings—one in person and one online—during the last two weeks of December and the first week of January. Thanks to the tireless work of AHA staff, the organization is not only on sounder financial ground than it would have been had the meeting been canceled, but the membership also enjoyed an even broader range of intellectual exchanges and professional development opportunities than would normally be the case.

    Sincerely,

    James H. Sweet
    AHA President, 2022

  • AHA Sends Letter Opposing Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Resolution

    Jan 06, 2022 - 

    The AHA sent a letter to leaders at the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District opposing the proposed Resolution No. 21-12, “Resolution Opposing the Teaching of Critical Race Theory.” “If the district is committed to academic freedom,” the AHA writes, “why has it singled out one set of ideas—critical race theory—as a subject that cannot be taught in Placentia-Yorba Linda schools?” The AHA hopes history teachers will not be required to minimize historical transgressions or their influence on the evolution of American institutions. “To do so would be a direct and clear violation of ‘the commitment to teach a complete and accurate account of history.’” The letter includes a statement criticizing similar legislative efforts to restrict education about racism in American history, co-authored by the AHA in June 2021 and signed by 152 organizations.