2021 News

  • AHA Members Receive NEH Grants for Humanities Projects (April 2021)

    Apr 14, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to the 13 AHA members who have been named as recipients of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ newest round of grants to support the preservation of historical collections, humanities exhibitions and documentaries, scholarly research, and curriculum projects. The NEH has announced that it awarded $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects nationwide.

  • AHA Members Named 2021 ACLS Fellows (April 2021)

    Apr 13, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Utathya Chattopadhyaya (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) and Rachel Nolan (Boston Univ.), who have been named 2021 ACLS Fellows. The ACLS Fellows program recognizes outstanding early career scholars in the humanities and social sciences; 60 fellowships were awarded for the 2021 cycle. 

  • AHA Member Named Dean at Oakland University (April 2021)

    Apr 09, 2021 - 

    AHA member Elaine K. Carey has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oakland University. Carey currently serves as founding dean of the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Science at Purdue University Northwest, and will begin her new role on June 30, 2021. Carey previously served as vice president of the AHA’s Teaching Division. 

  • AHA Members Named 2021 Guggenheim Fellows (April 2021)

    Apr 09, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to the eight AHA members who have been named Guggenheim Fellows for 2021: Simon Doubleday (Hofstra Univ.), Emily Greble (Vanderbilt Univ.), Michael Gubser (James Madison Univ.), Cindy Hahamovitch (Univ. of Georgia), Amalia Kessler (Stanford Univ.), Bianca Premo (Florida International Univ.), Todd Shepard (Johns Hopkins Univ.), and Heather Ann Thompson (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor). The fellowships are awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and 184 fellows were selected for the 2021 cycle. 

  • San Francisco School Board Halts School Renaming Plan (April 2021)

    Apr 08, 2021 - 

    In April 2021, San Francisco’s school board halted plans to change the names of 44 public schools. In February 2021, AHA had expressed alarm regarding the San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee’s process in proposing the school name changes in a statement on Schools, History, and the Challenges of Commemoration

  • Success of Lawsuit to Prevent Sale of National Archives Building in Seattle (April 2021)

    Apr 08, 2021 - 

    The efforts of the AHA and co-plaintiffs in State of Washington et. al. v. Russell Vought et al. have been successful. On April 8, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget withdrew its approval of the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle, stating that “the process that led to the decision to approve the sale of the Federal Archives and Records Center” was contrary to the Biden administration’s tribal-consultation policy. Any future attempt to sell the building must “be preceded by meaningful and robust tribal consultation” and “must proceed through the appropriate administrative process, based on a new factual record, and must comply with the attendant substantive and procedural safeguards of that process.”

  • AHR Article Featured in Smithsonian Magazine (April 2021)

    Apr 08, 2021 - 

    Monica H. Green's article “The Four Black Deaths,” which appeared in the American Historical Review’s December 2020 issue, was featured in a Smithsonian Magazine article by by David M. Perry. Perry described the significance of the “landmark” article and spoke with Green about her interdisciplinary research process. 

  • AHA Member Appointed NCCU Provost, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (April 2021)

    Apr 08, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member David H. Jackson Jr., who has been appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Jackson currently serves as associate provost for graduate education and dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Continuing Education at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and will begin his new post at NCCU on July 1, 2021. Jackson received the AHA’s 2013 Equity Award, which recognizes and publicizes individuals and institutions that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the historical professions. 

  • AHA Issues Letter Regarding Proposed Termination of Tenured Faculty Members at Salem State University (April 2021)

    Apr 07, 2021 - 

    The AHA has written a letter to the president and provost of Salem State University strongly discouraging them from proceeding with the reportedly proposed termination of four tenured members in the history department. “This drastic reduction in faculty would severely diminish the department’s ability to maintain the impressive pedagogical and research standards that the department sets for itself and apparently maintains, along with its striking level of engagement with local communities,” the AHA wrote. The letter noted the Salem State history department’s participation in AHA Tuning, the data at Salem State showing history ranked #1 of 30 majors in the “fill rate” of its courses, and the fact that “Salem is a site of considerable historical importance,” making the role of historical work at Salem State “in many ways a special case.”

  • AHA Statement on Violence against Asians and Asian Americans Featured in Media Coverage (March 2021)

    Mar 31, 2021 - 

    The AHA’s recent Statement on Violence against Asians and Asian Americans has received coverage in several media outlets, including Hyperallergic; the Moultrie News, which reprinted the statement in full; and The Michigan Daily

  • AHA Executive Director Quoted in the New York Times (March 2021)

    Mar 31, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was quoted in a New York Times article by Concepción de León on the life and legacy of Black artist Augusta Savage. “Public art,” Grossman noted, “should align with a community’s values.” 

  • AHA Member Wins National Book Critics Circle Award (March 2021)

    Mar 26, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Amy Stanley (Northwestern Univ.), who received the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography for her book Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World. 

  • Moroccan Historian Released from Prison (March 2021)

    Mar 25, 2021 - 

    Maâti Monjib, historian at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, has been granted provisional release from prison. In a letter protesting Monjib’s imprisonment, the AHA noted he had been sentenced to one year in prison for charges that appeared to be “baseless, levied more in the interest of a political agenda than honest law enforcement.” 

  • AHA Member Wins Mark Lynton History Prize (March 2021)

    Mar 25, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member William G. Thomas III (Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln), who received the Mark Lynton History Prize from the J. Anthony Lukas Project for his book A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War

  • AHA Members Meet with President Biden (March 2021)

    Mar 25, 2021 - 

    AHA members Joanne Freeman (Yale Univ.) and Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Univ.) were among a group of historians who met with President Joe Biden on March 2 in the East Room at the White House. According to Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei at Axios, the president and the historians “talked a lot about the elasticity of presidential power, and the limits of going bigger and faster than the public might anticipate or stomach.” 

  • AHA Members Win Bancroft Prizes (March 2021)

    Mar 24, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Andy Horowitz (Tulane Univ.) and Claudio Saunt (Univ. of Georgia), who have been awarded the 2021 Bancroft Prizes in American History and Diplomacy, awarded by Columbia University Libraries. Horowitz received the award for his book Katrina: A History, 1915-2015, and Saunt for his book Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

  • Perspectives on History Article Reprinted in Hill Rag (March 2021)

    Mar 23, 2021 - 
    A Perspectives on History article from August 2020, “A Monument to Black Resistance and Strength” was reprinted in HillRag on March 16, 2021. The article was written by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove and considers the history of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, DC. 
  • AHA Issues Statement on the History of Violence against Asians and Asian Americans (March 2021)

    Mar 22, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a statement deploring the recent incidents of violence and harassment aimed at Asians and Asian Americans. “This hostility against particular groups because of their ethnic origins—expressed via cultural stereotypes, scapegoating, physical aggression, and bloodshed—has deep roots in our nation’s past,” the AHA writes. “The murder in Atlanta of eight people on March 16, including six women of Asian descent, suggests that we have not transcended this history.” From 2019 to 2020, the number of hate crimes committed in the United States against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders increased by 150 percent. “The racialized misogyny explicit in the Atlanta killings is the product of generations-long stereotyping and cultural denigration against Asian American women in particular.”

    44 organizations have signed onto the statement to date.

  • AHA’s Lawsuit Challenging ICE Records Disposition Covered by News Organizations (March 2021)

    Mar 19, 2021 - 

    The AHA’s participation as plaintiffs in a successful lawsuit against the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has received coverage from the American Independent, Business Insider, and The Hill. The lawsuit challenged NARA’s approval of ICE’s records disposition, which would have authorized ICE to destroy several categories of records documenting mistreatment of immigrants detained in ICE custody.

  • AHA Expresses Support for the New Orleans City Council Street Renaming Commission (March 2021)

    Mar 18, 2021 - 

    In a letter to the City Council of New Orleans, the AHA expressed enthusiastic support for the work of the New Orleans City Council Street Renaming Commission and its final report, “a remarkable document of collaborative historical research.” The letter praised the process undertaken by the Renaming Commission and its consultation with historians, including many AHA members. The letter urged “all localities undertaking this kind of process to recognize that it is indeed possible to listen to a broad spectrum of voices, and not just the loudest, angriest, or most powerful.”

  • AHA Protests Imprisonment of Moroccan Historian (March 2021)

    Mar 18, 2021 - 

    The AHA recently sent a letter to King Mohamed VI and Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani of Morocco protesting the imprisonment of Maâti Monjib, historian at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat. Monjib was sentenced to a year in prison for charges that appear to be “baseless, levied more in the interest of a political agenda than honest law enforcement,” and is on a hunger strike. The letter urges “the release of Dr. Monjib and the respect of his civil and legal rights,” and asks for “immediate attention to this matter to ensure Dr. Monjib’s health and well-being.” 

  • AHA Member Erika Lee to Testify before Congress (March 2021)

    Mar 18, 2021 - 

    On March 18 at 10 a.m. ET, AHA member Erika Lee will testify before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties at a hearing on Discrimination and Violence against Asian Americans. Lee is Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies and director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

  • Success of Lawsuit Challenging ICE Records Disposition (March 2021)

    Mar 15, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association joins co-plaintiffs Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in sharing the success of our lawsuit against the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The lawsuit challenged NARA’s approval of ICE’s records disposition, which would have authorized ICE to destroy several categories of records documenting mistreatment of immigrants detained in ICE custody. On March 12, 2021, Judge Amit Mehta granted summary judgment on the challenged aspects of ICE’s records destruction plan. The court also made clear that during its records evaluation process, NARA must pay close attention to the records' long-term research value and must meaningfully consider public comments raising concerns. 

  • AHA Member Featured in Washington Post Live Event (March 2021)

    Mar 15, 2021 - 

    AHA member Erika Lee was featured in a Washington Post Live event, “Race in America: History Matters with Erika Lee & Helen Zia.” The two interviewees spoke with national reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee about how anti-Asian racism has taken different forms over the course of American history. 

  • AHA Member Named as AAPSS Fellow (March 2021)

    Mar 11, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Carol Anderson (Emory Univ.), who was named the American Academy of Political and Social Science’s 2021 W. E. B. DuBois Fellow.

  • AHA Expresses Concern over John Carroll University Policy Permitting Elimination of Tenure (March 2021)

    Mar 10, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a letter to leaders of John Carroll University expressing “grave concern about the recent approval by [the] Board of Directors of a ‘budgetary hardship’ amendment to the university’s Faculty Handbook,” noting that “both faculty governance and the integrity of tenure seem to be hanging by a thread.” The AHA urged the board “to reconsider the threat to tenure protections” that the amendment represents.

  • AHA Executive Director Featured in Inside Higher Ed Article (March 2021)

    Mar 08, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article on “Recruitment Strategies for the Humanities” by Colleen Flaherty. “There’s no reason for professors not to help undergraduate students realize that a history major prepares a student for multiple career paths,” Grossman said. “The AHA and its members pay considerable attention to not only the value of a history major, and of history courses to students in other majors, but also how we can best communicate that value to students.” The article also linked to the AHA’s Department Advocacy Toolkit, which offers data, stories, and strategies to articulate the value of studying and majoring in history.

  • Hiring: AHA Communications and Operations Assistant (March 2021)

    Mar 05, 2021 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for a Communications and Operations Assistant. We will begin reviewing applications on March 22, 2021.

  • AHA Signs onto ACLS Letter Urging Iowa Legislature to Vote against Bill Eliminating Tenure (March 2021)

    Mar 04, 2021 - 

    The AHA signed onto a letter sent by the American Council of Learned Societies to members of the Iowa legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds. The letter strongly encouraged lawmakers to oppose House File 496 and Senate File 41, “which would remove the status of tenure for professors and discontinue the practice at Iowa’s three public universities.”

  • AHA Issues Letter of Support for Institute of Political History in Hungary (February 2021)

    Feb 26, 2021 - 

    The AHA sent a letter to János Áder, president of the Republic of Hungary, expressing “deep concern about recent government actions against the Institute of Political History,” including “unfounded attacks on our colleagues,” “eviction from its new premises,” and “defunding.” The AHA “urges the Hungarian government to reconsider the misguided steps that have already been taken to the detriment of the institute and to safeguard its premises, support its activities, and vouchsafe its independence now and in the future.”

  • AHA Members Selected to Join the Institute for Advanced Study (February 2021)

    Feb 24, 2021 - 

    AHA members Emily Merchant (Univ. of California, Davis) and Keisha Blain (Univ. of Pittsburgh) were selected as members of the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Social Science. The School of Social Science invites approximately 25 visiting scholars from various fields each year to pursue their research and participate in collective activities.

  • AHA Endorses Educating for American Democracy Initiative (February 2021)

    Feb 23, 2021 - 

    The AHA has endorsed the Educating for American Democracy initiative, a multi-institution, cross-partisan initiative to create a Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civic Education for All Learners. The roadmap is “a practical and highly implementable guide about how to integrate history and civic education to give today’s diverse K—12 students a strong sense of connection to and ownership of our constitutional democracy.”

  • Former AHA Executive Director Wins SHFG Award (February 2021)

    Feb 22, 2021 - 

    Former AHA executive director Arnita Jones has been named the Society for History in the Federal Government’s 2021 Trask Award Winner. It is the society’s highest honor for “an esteemed career in service to Federal History and the Society.” In addition to being a founding member of both SHFG and the National Council on Public History, Jones was the executive director of the AHA from 1999 to 2010.

  • Lawsuit by AHA and Co-Plaintiffs Successfully Halts Sale of NARA Facility in Seattle (February 2021)

    Feb 19, 2021 - 

    The efforts of the American Historical Association (AHA) and co-plaintiffs in State of Washington et. al. v. Russell Vought et. al. have successfully halted the sale of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility in Seattle, Washington. A federal judge in Seattle blocked the federal government's plan to expedite the sale of the facility and the removal of the records from the Pacific Northwest.

  • Justice Department Strengthens Presidential Records Retention Policy in Response to AHA Lawsuit (February 2021)

    Feb 19, 2021 - 

    As one of four plaintiffs in National Security Archive et. al. v. Donald J. Trump et. al., the American Historical Association (AHA) joins our colleagues in reflecting on significant accomplishments: a formal instruction from the Justice Department articulating precise instruction to the White House for records retention, and immediate attention to these issues on the part of the Biden administration.

  • AHA Expresses Alarm at University Press of Kansas Financial Cuts (February 2021)

    Feb 18, 2021 - 

    The AHA sent a letter to the Board of Trustees of the University Press of Kansas expressing alarm about financial cuts and the press’s possible elimination. The letter notes that “few presses have done so much to burnish their home institution’s reputation, to advance the careers of promising scholars, and to make vital contributions to historical knowledge as the University Press of Kansas,” and that its demise “would be an incalculable loss for the historical discipline and for generations of American historians yet to come.”

  • AHA Statement on Virtual Scholarly Exchanges in India Receives International Press Coverage (February 2021)

    Feb 18, 2021 - 

    Several press outlets in India have covered the AHA’s statement opposing a new policy requiring advance permission to hold virtual scholarly exchanges in India. The AHA’s statement has been mentioned in the National Herald India, The Wire, and elsewhere.

  • AHA Member Book Becomes #1 New York Times Bestseller (February 2021)

    Feb 17, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Keisha N. Blain (Univ. of Pittsburgh), whose book Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, co-edited with Ibram X. Kendi, reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

  • AHA Signs Onto MESA Statement Protesting Turkey's Attacks on Higher Ed (February 2021)

    Feb 16, 2021 - 

    The AHA has signed onto the Middle East Studies Association’s Statement in Solidarity with Protests at Boğaziçi University. Students and faculty protesting the appointment of a new rector “have faced police brutality, protesters have been described by government officials as terrorists, and those detained have been subjected to abuse, including strip searches and sexual harassment.” The statement condemned the “ongoing and intensified government assault on higher education in Turkey” and urged President Erdoğan to “restore the autonomy of universities and the protection of academic freedom—including freedom of expression, opinion, and association—in Turkey’s legal order.”

  • AHA Member Wins Dan David Prize (February 2021)

    Feb 16, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Keith Wailoo (Princeton Univ.), who is a winner of the 2021 Dan David Prize. Wailoo won the prize, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University, for his work in the history of health and medicine. 

  • AHA Member Awarded Digital History Grant (February 2021)

    Feb 12, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Brandon Jett (Florida South-Western State Coll.), who was recently awarded a grant from the American Society for Legal History for his digital history project “Lynching in LaBelle.” The digital history project will include primary and secondary sources with information related to the 1926 lynching of Henry Patterson, biographies of those involved in the trial, official documents from the investigation, court records, and other artifacts that Jett and three students in his African American history course have collected.

  • AHA Issues Letter Expressing Concern for Polish Historians (February 2021)

    Feb 10, 2021 - 

    The AHA sent letters to Polish leaders Andrzej Duda, Mateusz Morawiecki, Jarosław Kaczyński, and Jarosław Gowin expressing concern about recent legal proceedings against Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski, two historians convicted of libel regarding their co-edited book, Night Without End. In the letter, AHA emphasized that “a legal procedure is not the place to mediate historical debates” and urged Polish leaders to “uphold the rights of historians to investigate the past without legal harassment and with no fear of reprisals for making public their historical- and evidence-based findings.”

  • AHA Expresses Alarm at San Francisco School Renaming Process (February 2021)

    Feb 10, 2021 - 

    The AHA issued a statement expressing alarm regarding the San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee’s process in proposing changing the names of 44 public schools. The committee “showed little interest in consulting professional historians, relying instead on Wikipedia articles and cursory glances at other online sources.” The AHA is “not advising the people of San Francisco on the substance of their decisions,” the statement clarified. Instead, the AHA urged the San Francisco School Board to “begin this process anew, inviting broader public participation, enlisting the expertise of professional historians, and encouraging a robust debate about the way historical figures and events should or should not be memorialized via school naming practices.”

  • AHA Signs Onto ASEEES Statement Calling for Immediate End to Libel Trial of Polish Historians (February 2021)

    Feb 08, 2021 - 

    The AHA has signed onto the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies statement calling for an end to the trial of historians Jan Grabowski (Univ. of Ottawa) and Barbara Engelking (Polish Center for Holocaust Research), who are charged with libel for their 2018 co-edited book, Night without End: The Fate of Jews in Selected Counties of Occupied Poland. The trial “strikes at the very core of academic and intellectual freedom,” and the statement calls for a “clear and unambiguous repudiation of the legal and political strategy that allowed such a trial to go forward in the first place.”

  • AHA Opposes New Policy on Virtual Scholarly Exchanges in India (February 2021)

    Feb 05, 2021 - 

    The AHA issued a statement registering concern about a new policy issued by India’s Ministry of Higher Education/Department of Higher Education that “requires Indian scholars and administrators to obtain prior approval from the Ministry of External Affairs if they want to convene online or virtual international conferences, seminars, or trainings.” The AHA states that this policy islikely to “affect a wide range of scholarly exchanges that are critical to the free international expression of ideas” and “strongly maintains that government agencies should not intervene in the content of scholarly exchange.” 26 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • AHA Executive Director Featured in Associated Press Article (February 2021)

    Feb 04, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman was quoted in an Associated Press article on political attempts to limit how race and slavery are taught. “The idea of simply saying you’re not going to use certain materials because you don’t like what they’re going to say without input from professionals makes no sense,” said Grossman.

  • AHA Posts to Federal Register Regarding Proposed NARA Digitization Policies (February 2021)

    Feb 02, 2021 - 

    The AHA sent comments to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on the proposed rule “Federal Records Management: Digitizing Permanent Records and Reviewing Records Schedules.” The AHA “strongly support[s]”  the requirement that “every five years, agencies review records schedules which are ten or more years old.” The AHA also recommends that NARA “require the involvement of subject matter experts in each review process undertaken with an agency” and “regularly draw on the expertise of staff members throughout the agency who have appropriate subject backgrounds and training.” The AHA also judges NARA “to have exceeded the requirements of federal law by stating that records will be accepted ONLY in digital form,” which could “delay, interrupt, or delay indefinitely the transfer of records.” 

  • AHA Member Publishes Book (February 2021)

    Feb 02, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Larry E. Rivers (Florida A&M Univ.), who recently published the book Father James Page: An Enslaved Preacher’s Climb to Freedom

  • AHA Executive Director Comments on San Francisco Schools Renaming Plan (February 2021)

    Feb 01, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman was quoted in a Mission Local article by Joe Eskenazi on a proposal to rename 44 San Francisco schools, after the renaming committee did not request comments from any historians. “Yes, there should have been historians involved,” said Grossman. “Whenever decisions are made, there should be people who can provide context and facts. We've learned this with COVID.” 

  • AHA Member Wins Book Prize (February 2021)

    Feb 01, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Serena Zabin (Carleton Coll.), whose book The Boston Massacre: A Family History won the 2020 Book of the Year Award from the Journal of the American Revolution.

  • AHA Urges California Legislature to Amend AB1887 for Scholars (January 2021)

    Jan 28, 2021 - 

    The AHA sent a letter requesting that the California State Legislature amend the list of exceptions to AB1887, a law that bans state-funded travel to specified states with anti-LGBTQ laws. While the AHA “support[s] the principles underlying AB1887,” it is concerned that the boycott “restricts the work of graduate students and early career scholars, preventing them from completing research that would actually showcase the significance of LGBTQ life, among other pressing subjects, in targeted states.”  The AHA urged the legislature to “permit state-funded travel for research and educational initiatives related to the discipline of history, broadly conceived, including LGBTQ culture, health, law, and politics.”

  • AHA Signs onto ACLS Statement Urging Kansas Board of Regents to Uphold Employment Protections for Faculty (January 2021)

    Jan 28, 2021 - 

    The AHA has signed onto a statement by the American Council of Learned Societies urging the Kansas Board of Regents to withdraw its endorsement of a proposed policy that would “ease the path to suspending, dismissing, or terminating employees, including tenured faculty members, without undertaking the processes of formally declaring a financial emergency.” The AHA also sent a letter to the University of Kansas regarding this issue.

  • AHA Issues Letter Urging University of Kansas to Preserve Employment Protections for Faculty (January 2021)

    Jan 26, 2021 - 

    The AHA issued a letter urging the University of Kansas to reject a Kansas Board of Regents policy that would “temporarily allow public institutions of higher education to terminate or suspend employees, including tenured faculty, without declaring a financial emergency.” “As historians,” the AHA wrote, “we are especially aware of what can happen when principles of academic freedom in higher education lose the essential protection of tenure.” The university should “reject this extraordinary departure that would enable the university to enact drastic and arbitrary personnel actions while bypassing the process of formally declaring financial emergency.”

  • AHA Issues Letter of Concern Regarding History Program and Faculty Cuts at University of Evansville (January 2021)

    Jan 26, 2021 - 

    The AHA issued a letter expressing grave concern regarding the proposed removal of the history major and termination of two tenured history professors at the University of Evansville. Calling the process leading to the proposed cuts “an especially striking embarrassment for an institution whose stated values emphasize ‘a culture of trust,’” the AHA urged the university to “consider the educational and community impacts of this short-sighted plan for realignment, which will serve to weaken the preparation of your students for the global citizenship imperative to economic and civic accomplishment, as well as the lifelong learning essential to professional success.”

  • AHA Member Discusses Teaching History in US Schools on NPR (January 2021)

    Jan 26, 2021 - 

    AHA member Hasan Kwame Jeffries (Ohio State Univ.) appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered to discuss how American schoolchildren learn about US history. In 2020, Jeffries won the AHA’s James Harvey Robinson Prize for his book Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement.

  • AHA Staff Member Featured in AccuWeather Article (January 2021)

    Jan 21, 2021 - 

    AHA communications and marketing manager Jeremy C. Young was recently featured in an AccuWeather article on inclement weather during historical US presidential inaugurations. Young explained that one of the reasons behind switching the date of the inauguration from March to January was weather related: “It supposedly snows less often on Jan. 20 than on March 4 in Washington, DC.”

  • AHA President and Executive Director Discuss 1776 Report (January 2021)

    Jan 21, 2021 - 

    AHA president Jacqueline Jones (Univ. of Texas at Austin) and AHA executive director Jim Grossman wrote an editorial in the New York Daily News discussing the report of the 1776 commission, which Grossman and Jones describe as “political propaganda masquerading as history.”

  • AHA Member Interviewed on Public Radio East (January 2021)

    Jan 21, 2021 - 

    AHA member Robert DeLossa (Lowell High School) appeared on Public Radio East, where he explained how he teaches students about the inauguration. DeLossa also discussed the AHA’s statement on the report of the Advisory 1776 Commission, as well as comments by the National Council for the Social Studies, of which he is also a member. 

  • Former AHA President Discusses Book on NPR (January 2021)

    Jan 21, 2021 - 

    Former AHA president Tyler Stovall (Fordham Univ.) appeared on NPR to discuss his recently published book White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea. 

  • AHA Condemns Report of Advisory 1776 Commission (January 2021)

    Jan 20, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a statement condemning the report from “The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.” “Written hastily in one month after two desultory and tendentious ‘hearings,’” the AHA writes, “without any consultation with professional historians of the United States, the report fails to engage a rich and vibrant body of scholarship that has evolved over the last seven decades.”

    47 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • AHA Executive Director Comments on White House 1776 Report (January 2021)

    Jan 19, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman was quoted in the 74Colorado Springs IndependentIndependent, Inside Higher EdNew York Times, NBC News, PoliticoStuffand Washington Post, commenting on the report issued by the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission. “It’s a hack job. It’s not a work of history,” Grossman told the Post. “It’s a work of contentious politics designed to stoke culture wars.”

  • AHA Member Wins Susan Socolow-Lyman Johnson Prize (January 2021)

    Jan 19, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member S. Elizabeth Penry (Fordham Univ.), whose book The People Are King: The Making of an Indigenous Andean Politics won the Conference on Latin American History’s Susan Socolow-Lyman Johnson Prize. Penry’s book previously won the Flora Tristán Prize awarded by the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

  • AHA Members Comment on Presidential Legacy in Washington Post (January 2021)

    Jan 19, 2021 - 

    AHA members Joseph Crespino (Emory Univ.) and Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York Univ.) were featured in a Washington Post article on the Trump presidency and its potential legacy. 

  • AHA Members Comment on Trump’s Legacy (January 2021)

    Jan 19, 2021 - 

    AHA members Kathryn Cramer Brownell (Purdue Univ.), Jeffrey Engel (Southern Methodist Univ.), and Timothy Naftali (New York Univ.) were featured in a CNN article on the last year of the Trump presidency and the lasting impact it will have on Trump’s legacy. 

  • AHA Member Wins Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics (January 2021)

    Jan 15, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to Bathsheba Demuth (Brown Univ.), whose book Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait recently won the inaugural Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics from the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont, in partnership with the US Society of Ecological Economics.

  • AHA Member Publishes First Book (January 2021)

    Jan 15, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to Kimberly D. Hill (Univ. of Texas, Dallas), who published her first book, A Higher Mission: The Careers of Alonzo and Althea Brown Edmiston in Central Africa (Univ. Press of Kentucky). A Higher Mission examines the ministries of two African American Presbyterian missionaries by focusing on what they learned from their African neighbors and how they applied their historically Black higher education.

  • AHA Resource Covered in Inside Higher Ed and New York Times (January 2021)

    Jan 12, 2021 - 

    The AHA’s Twitter thread that compiled resources for educators seeking to contextualize the events of January 6 received coverage in both the New York Times and Inside Higher Ed. This list of resources is also available as a web page.

  • Ransacking Democracy (January 2021)

    Jan 08, 2021 - 

    The AHA issued a statement condemning “the actions of those who, on January 6, stormed the United States Capitol, the seat of the nation’s legislature, the heart of its democratic form of governance.” The AHA deplores the “inflammatory rhetoric of all the political leaders who have refused to accept the legitimacy of the results of the 2020 election and thereby incited the mob.”

    63 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • AHA Launches “The Assault on the Capitol in Historical Perspective: Resources for Educators” (January 2021)

    Jan 07, 2021 - 

    In response to the events of January 6, 2021, the AHA has compiled a list of resources for educators. We know teaching these events—which are not a “moment,” but the product of a long history—presents a familiar, yet unusually urgent, challenge: how can students use historical knowledge and thinking to understand current crises? This page offers some resources that might help.

  • AHA Expresses Solidarity with Mexican Historians (January 2021)

    Jan 05, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a statement expressing solidarity with “professional historians affected by the extreme and arguably punitive fiscal retrenchment affecting Mexico’s system of higher education.” The AHA “reminds decision makers that the habits of mind and knowledge that derive from the study of history have never been more important and deserving of adequate funding than at the present moment.”

  • AHA Member Wins Fairfax County History Commission's Mayo Stuntz Prize (January 2021)

    Jan 05, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Todi Carnes (George Mason Univ.), who won the Fairfax County History Commission’s Mayo Stuntz Prize for her video Huntley Cultural Landscape. The video interprets the cultural landscape of Historic Huntley, a federal-period historic site owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority. 

  • AHA Member Featured in Washington Post (January 2021)

    Jan 05, 2021 - 

    2009 AHA Honorary Foreign Member Romila Thapar was featured in a Washington Post article that highlighted her historical scholarship—“part of the authoritative canon” in India—while discussing some of the political controversies surrounding it. In 2019, the AHA issued a statement discouraging Jawaharlal Nehru University’s review of Romila Thapar’s status as emeritus professor, citing her “extraordinary record of scholarly achievement.”

  • AHA Joins Coalition to Save National Archives Facility in Seattle (January 2021)

    Jan 04, 2021 - 

    The AHA has joined the Washington state attorney general’s office; the state of Oregon; 29 tribes, tribal entities, and Indigenous communities from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska; and 8 community organizations, historic preservation organizations, and museums in filing a lawsuit “to halt the federal government’s unlawful and procedurally deficient sale of the National Archives at Seattle facility.” The government plans to transfer the Seattle facility’s records, most of which have not been digitized, to archive centers in Kansas City, Missouri, and Riverside, California—rendering public access to the records difficult if not impossible for millions of users.

  • AHA Member Named Chair of Humanities Tennessee (January 2021)

    Jan 04, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Daryl Carter (East Tennessee State Univ.), who was elected to chair the board of directors of Humanities Tennessee after serving on the board since 2014.