2021 News

  • AHA Releases Statement on Threats to Academic Conferences (September 2021)

    Sep 14, 2021 - 

    The AHA has released a statement condemning the harassment and intimidation of participants, organizers, and university sponsors of the virtual conference “Dismantling Global Hindutva: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.” “Conferences, both in person and across digital platforms, are critical to the exchange of ideas among historians and our colleagues in other disciplines,” the AHA wrote. “Disruptions to a conference represent an assault on the principle of academic freedom, and the AHA stands unequivocally with participants in this conference and its sponsors in their right to exchange ideas without fear of threats and intimidation.” To date, 38 organizations have signed onto this statement.

  • AHA Executive Director Featured in TIME Article on Confederate Statue Removal (September 2021)

    Sep 14, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was featured in a TIME article by Janell Ross about the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. “I think that many of us now realize that the removal of statues, while it’s an important symbolic act, is merely a symbolic act,” Grossman said. “So, what is to be done now that we have made this symbolic statement, now that we have recognized that the Confederacy did not win the Civil War? These are not heroes. These are not people to be admired, and the world that they defended is not to be admired. How do we create a different world? That's our challenge.”

  • AHA Sends Letter to Missouri Governor Urging Reinstatement of LGBTQ+ History Exhibition (September 2021)

    Sep 13, 2021 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to Missouri governor Mike Parson recommending “most emphatically” that he reconsider his “decision to remove the exhibition Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights from the Missouri State Museum.” “By excluding this high-quality, professionally researched and produced historical exhibition from the State Museum,” the AHA wrote, “you articulate a vision of the state that we hope you do not intend: that LGBTQ+ Americans are not worthy of recognition or inclusion in the state of Missouri.”

  • 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. 

  • AHA Joins Learn from History Coalition (September 2021)

    Sep 08, 2021 - 

    The AHA is a founding member of the Learn from History Coalition. Organized by Stand for Children, Learn from History is a coalition of parents, educators, and other concerned Americans who are working together to combat “divisive concepts” bills and to ensure that all children can learn accurate, thorough, and fact-based history in our schools. 

  • AHA and Fairleigh Dickinson University Release Survey on Public Perceptions of History (August 2021)

    Aug 31, 2021 - 

    With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the AHA partnered with Fairleigh Dickinson University to develop and implement a national survey to assess public perceptions of, and engagement with, the discipline of history and the past. The 40-question survey explores the public’s definition of the term “history,” where audiences access history, which sources of history are perceived to be reliable, their historical learning experiences, attitudes toward historical revision, correlations between civic engagement and an interest in history, and the perceived value of history. Complete raw survey data are available for download for those wanting to explore these topics in more depth.

  • AHA Communications and Marketing Manager Publishes Article on Challenges to Solving the “Adjunct Problem” (August 2021)

    Aug 31, 2021 - 

    AHA communications and marketing manager Jeremy Young and co-author Robert B. Townsend (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) have published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the exploitation of non-tenure-track faculty members. A necessary step in addressing the issue, they wrote, is “getting the specific, detailed, and accurate data” that “could empower adjunct faculty members and their allies to make headway on a problem that has dogged higher education for 50 years.” 

  • AHA Member Appointed to Commission by North Carolina Governor (August 2021)

    Aug 31, 2021 - 

    AHA member Arwin Smallwood (North Carolina A&T Univ.) has been appointed by North Carolina governor Roy Cooper to the Tryon Palace Commission. Members of the commission “manage the Latham Trust for Tryon Palace and . . . function as a board of trustees in the development of policies regarding collections management, public programs, and preservation.” Tryon Palace, the first permanent capitol of the Colony of North Carolina, today functions as a historic site and center for North Carolina history.

  • AHA Sends Letter Opposing Proposed Legislation on History Education in Texas (August 2021)

    Aug 25, 2021 - 

    The AHA sent a letter to Texas governor Greg Abbott and the members of the state legislature opposing SB 3 and HB 28, introduced during the Texas legislature’s special session. “This proposed legislation threatens the integrity of history education in Texas,” the AHA wrote. The AHA “urges the Texas legislature to reject these bills, both of which seek to indoctrinate students rather than help them learn the inquiry-based skills that will prepare them for their future civic and professional lives.” It cited a previous AHA letter to Governor Abbott and the Texas Senate in May, an AHA statement in July, and a joint statement in June addressing similar legislative efforts that “risk infringing on the right of faculty to teach and of students to learn.” 

  • AHA Treasurer Publishes Op-Ed in Wall Street Journal (August 2021)

    Aug 24, 2021 - 

    AHA treasurer William Wechsler, along with co-author Josh Lipsky, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal addressing the Taliban’s “push for money and legitimacy” via a potential large inheritance of cash from the International Monetary Fund. Although “the US and the IMP signaled the Taliban won’t have access to the funds,” Wechsler and Lipsky wrote, “the first real test of whether the Taliban will be accepted by the international community will happen in the IMF boardroom.”

  • AHA Signs On to Letter Urging Aid for Afghanistan’s Scholars, Students, Practitioners, Civil Society Leaders, and Activists (August 2021)

    Aug 18, 2021 - 

    The AHA has signed on to a letter from the Scholars at Risk Network to US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, requesting “immediate action” from the US Department of State “to save Afghanistan’s scholars, students, practitioners, civil society leaders and activists, especially women and ethnic and religious minorities.” “The eroding situation in Afghanistan poses a threat not only to the lives of our colleagues still in Afghanistan, but to the future of that country, and to the future security and honor of the United States,” the letter states. “If we move quickly, we can go a long way towards mitigating the worst of the threats and demonstrate continuing commitment to the future of Afghanistan and its people.” 

  • AHA Member Named 2021 Intelligence and Courage Award Winner (August 2021)

    Aug 18, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Heather Cox Richardson (Boston Coll.), who has been named the winner of the Frances Perkins Center’s 2021 Intelligence and Courage Award. This award is given annually to an honoree whose work in the areas of social justice and economic security embodies Frances Perkins’s pledge to “meet problems with intelligence and courage.”

  • Nineteen AHA Members Named NEH Grant Recipients (August 2021)

    Aug 18, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to the National Endowment for the Humanities’ August 2021 grant recipients, including 19 AHA members. The NEH recently announced $28.4 million in grants that will fund a broad range of humanities projects nationwide and “support vital research, education, preservation, digital, and public programs.”

  • AHA Member Named Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library (August 2021)

    Aug 12, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Karin Wulf, who has been named the Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Wulf “will be responsible for overseeing all programmatic and administrative activities of the Library as well as providing strategic direction for all of the Library’s priorities” and will “seek to enhance and grow the Library’s collection as a leading international center for advanced research in history and the humanities.”

  • AHA Sends Letter to NARA Regarding Planned Research Room Capacity (August 2021)

    Aug 03, 2021 - 

    The AHA has written a letter seeking clarity on the National Archives and Records Administration’s planned reopening following pandemic closures and to offer the AHA’s “help in communicating with the community of history researchers.” The AHA recognizes “the difficulties of operating facilities around the country during a pandemic” and encourages NARA to maximize equitable access to its collections while continuing to make the health and safety of NARA staff its highest priority.

  • AHA Member Featured in Washington Post Podcast (August 2021)

    Aug 03, 2021 - 

    AHA member Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard Univ.) appeared on the Washington Post’s Spanish-language podcast, El Washington Post, to discuss the relationship between American and Mexican history. She also published an op-ed in the Post and was interviewed on NPR about the importance of learning Mexican history alongside American history.

  • AHA Issues Letter Objecting to Social Studies Curriculum Legislation in Ohio (July 2021)

    Jul 30, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine and the members of the Ohio state legislature registering “strong objection to Ohio HB 322 and HB 327, acts relating to the social studies curriculum in public schools.” These bills, wrote the AHA, are “a tangle of contradictory mandates” about how history can be taught and “part of a misguided, nationally coordinated attempt to put the government in classrooms at every level from kindergarten through high school—and in the case of HB 327, through higher education—to intimidate teachers, and to indoctrinate students rather than helping them learn the inquiry-based skills that will prepare them for their future civic and professional lives.”

  • Hiring: AHA Meetings and Virtual Events Assistant (July 2021)

    Jul 30, 2021 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians! The AHA is accepting applications for a meetings and virtual events assistant. We will begin reviewing applications on August 23, 2021.

  • AHA Issues Letter Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Rates in Louisiana (July 2021)

    Jul 28, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a letter to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other leaders in the state expressing “alarm that vaccination rates in the state of Louisiana remain well below the national average.” “We know that city and state officials are eager to see business travel resume and travel industry jobs and revenue rebound,” the AHA wrote, “and we trust that you will mount a vigorous public health effort to increase vaccination rates and prevent a renewed surge of COVID cases, which would necessitate the reimposition of restrictions on conferences and business travel.” The AHA wants to ensure that its annual meeting, to be held in New Orleans in January 2022, is “as safe as possible for all to attend.”

  • New Honorarium for Perspectives on History Authors (July 2021)

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

    Starting with the September 2021 issue of Perspectives on History, authors of articles published in the print magazine will be paid an honorarium of $100 per article. (This honorarium will not be offered to writers who submit In Memoriam essays or letters to the editor or who are published online in Perspectives Daily.)

  • 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 Executive Director Featured in Article on Holocaust Education Bill (July 2021)

    Jul 09, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was featured in a Jewish Telegraphic Agency article by Eleanor Stern about a bill in Louisiana that would have mandated Holocaust education in public schools. The article examined the relationship between the Holocaust education bill and the so-called “divisive concepts” bills that have recently been introduced in many state legislatures, including Louisiana. “You’re saying, ‘You have to teach the history of Holocaust, but you can’t teach the history of institutionalized, deeply embedded racism in the United States,’” Grossman said. “The irony is, you cannot understand the Holocaust without understanding institutional racism.”

  • 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 Issues Statement on Threats to Historical Integrity in Texas (July 2021)

    Jul 08, 2021 - 

    In a statement on the recently-enacted Texas House Bill 3979, the American Historical Association “views with alarm several provisions” in the so-called “divisive concepts” legislation, including those affecting state institutions that present history to the public.  “By hindering the professional development of public historians and restricting funding,” the AHA’s statement says, “this law would prevent state-owned agencies and facilities from presenting accurate views of Texas history, and would hobble fundraising efforts crucial to the vibrant state-sponsored public-history sector.” The legislation “clearly violates” the AHA’s Standards for Museum Exhibits Dealing with Historical Subjects and “will adversely affect not only K–12 students, but all Texans and visitors who want to learn more about the state's complicated past.” 28 organizations have signed onto this statement to date.

  • AHA Staff Members Publish Article on “Divisive Concepts” Bills (July 2021)

    Jul 08, 2021 - 

    An article in The Hill by AHA executive director James Grossman and AHA communications and marketing manager Jeremy C. Young explains the origins of the “divisive concepts” bills and argues that, contrary to politicians’ claims, there is actually “broad consensus” across partisan divides about how the impact of slavery and racism is taught in our schools. Pushing these "divisive concepts" bills, Grossman and Young write, is “the legislative equivalent of push-polling—creating division where none exists, raising fears about something that isn't even happening to score political points.”

  • AHA Announces Policy Regarding Author Name Changes (July 2021)

    Jul 06, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association has codified its policy regarding author name changes in AHA publications. On request of the author, the AHA will update author names in the digital version of publications, including articles in the American Historical Review and Perspectives on History and content written for the AHA website. Print publications will be updated in the event that the publication in question is reprinted.

  • 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.

  • AHA Executive Director Quoted in Articles on Confederate Statue Removal (July 2021)

    Jul 02, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was quoted in an ARTnews article by Shanti Escalante-De Mattei and in an Art Insider article by David Guido Pietroni about the US House of Representatives’ vote to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol building. “The Confederates committed treason to maintain the supposed right for some human beings to own others,” Grossman said. “And what nation honors people who committed treason?”

  • AHA Signs onto Letter for Increased Funding of International Education and Foreign Language Studies (July 2021)

    Jul 01, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association has signed onto a letter from the Coalition for International Education to Senators Patty Murray and Roy Blunt supporting increased funding for the US Department of Education’s international and foreign language education programs. The letter strongly recommends funding for International Education and Foreign Language Studies, including for HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays 102(b)(6) programs, that would restore them to their FY 2010 levels, adjusted for inflation.

  • AHR Announces New Additions to Board of Editors (July 2021)

    Jul 01, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Review has announced the following additions to the Board of Editors, for three–year terms beginning July 1: Hannah Barker (Arizona State Univ.), Shelly Chan (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz), Kalani Craig (Indiana Univ.), Cymone Fourshey (Bucknell Univ.), Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union), Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell Univ.), Josh Reid (Univ. of Washington), and Wendy Warren (Princeton Univ.). The Board of Editors reviews manuscripts and serves as an advisory council on all matters relating to the journal.

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on History, Film, and Video Games (July 2021)

    Jul 01, 2021 - 

    In June 2021, AHA member Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall (California State Univ., San Marcos) published her third book, Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games, with the University Press of Mississippi. Slave Revolt on Screen analyzes how films and video games from around the world have depicted slave revolt, focusing on the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804). 

  • AHA’s Criteria for Standards in History/Social Studies/Social Sciences Featured in South Florida Sun Sentinel Article (June 2021)

    Jun 30, 2021 - 

    The AHA’s Criteria for Standards in History/Social Studies/Social Sciences were featured in a South Florida Sun Sentinel article by Sylvia Gurinsky. Gurinsky’s essay discusses the effects of lived experience on children’s perceptions of history and quotes a portion of the Criteria for Standards that advocates teaching students to “ask questions about that past that can be applied to contemporary issues.”

  • AHA Member Featured in Washington Post Article (June 2021)

    Jun 30, 2021 - 

    AHA member Adam Goodheart (Washington Coll.) was featured in a Washington Post article by Michael E. Ruane. The article explains how Goodheart and others organized to keep 18th–century historical documents local and make them accessible to researchers.

  • Elementary School Named in Honor of AHA Member (June 2021)

    Jun 25, 2021 - 

    The Conroe Independent School District in Texas has approved naming a new elementary school in honor of AHA member Annette Gordon-Reed. Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University, and is a graduate of Conroe High School. Gordon-Reed Elementary is scheduled to open in August 2022.

  • AHR Article Awarded Honorable Mention for SHAFR’s Bernath Scholarly Article Prize (June 2021)

    Jun 23, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to Rebecca Herman (Univ. of California, Berkeley), whose article “The Global Politics of Anti-Racism: A View from the Canal Zone,” from the April 2020 issue of the American Historical Review, earned an honorable mention from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations’ Bernath Scholarly Article Prize. The Bernath Prize is awarded annually to “the author of a distinguished article appearing in a scholarly journal or edited book, on any topic in United States foreign relations.”

  • Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History (June 2021)

    Jun 16, 2021 - 

    The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and PEN America have authored a joint statement stating their “firm opposition” to legislation, introduced in at least 20 states, that would restrict the discussion of “divisive concepts” in public education institutions. It is not possible to address divisions that exist, however, without an honest reckoning with their histories. “The clear goal of these efforts is to suppress teaching and learning about the role of racism in the history of the United States,” the letter explains. Education proceeds from exploration, facts, and civil debate. “These legislative efforts,” on the other hand, “seek to substitute political mandates for the considered judgment of professional educators, hindering students’ ability to learn and engage in critical thinking across differences and disagreements. . . . Americans of all ages deserve nothing less than a free and open exchange about history and the forces that shape our world today.” In total, 149 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • AHA Members Honored by 2021 Pulitzer Prizes (June 2021)

    Jun 16, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Marcia Chatelain, who won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for History for Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. In addition, AHA member Amy B. Stanley was named a finalist in the Biography category for Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World. The full list of winners and finalists, including more historians, is available on the Pulitzer Prizes website.

  • AHA Member Awarded Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (June 2021)

    Jun 08, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Claudio Saunt, who has been awarded the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for his book Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory. The Robert F. Kennedy Book Award is given annually to a book that “most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purposes-his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity.”

  • AHR Featured in Nation Article on Tulsa Race Massacre (June 2021)

    Jun 03, 2021 - 

    A Nation article by David M. Perry featured Karlos Hill’s essay, “Community-Engaged History: A Reflection on the 100th Anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre,” which appears in the June 2021 issue of the American Historical Review. Perry’s article, “Confronting the Myth of Objectivity,” discussed Hill’s work teaching the Tulsa Race Massacre.

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on Ulysses Grant (June 2021)

    Jun 03, 2021 - 

    In February 2021, AHA member and presidential historian Louis L. Picone published his third book, Grant’s Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon, with Arcade Publishing. Grant’s Tomb tells the story of the last year of Ulysses S. Grant’s life and the national response to his death, including the competition over his final resting place and the memorial that would be built there.

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on History of Pirates (June 2021)

    Jun 03, 2021 - 

    In February 2020, AHA member Jamie L. H. Goodall’s first book, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars, was published with The History Press. Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay shares the story of piracy “from the harbor of Baltimore to the shores of Cape Charles,” featuring well-known historical pirates and local figures.

  • Hiring: AHA Research and Publications Assistant (June 2021)

    Jun 02, 2021 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for a research and publications assistant. We will begin reviewing applications on June 15, 2021.

  • AHA Member and Perspectives Article Featured on Slate (June 2021)

    Jun 02, 2021 - 

    AHA member Dina Kalman Spoerl (Naper Settlement) was featured in a Slate article, “‘This Blue Is the One She Wore Last,’” on May 30, 2021. The Slate article shares photos and excerpts from the scrapbook introduced in Spoerl’s April 2021 “Clothing Scrapbook” contribution to Perspectives on Historys “Everything Has a History” series.

  • AHA Member and Perspectives Article Featured on Slate (June 2021)

    Jun 02, 2021 - 

    AHA member Dina Kalman Spoerl (Naper Settlement) was featured in a Slate article, “‘This Blue Is the One She Wore Last,’” on May 30, 2021. The Slate article shares photos and excerpts from the scrapbook introduced in Spoerl’s April 2021 “Clothing Scrapbook” contribution to Perspectives on Historys “Everything Has a History” series.

  • AHA Executive Director Quoted in Article on Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy (May 2021)

    May 28, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman was quoted in a Hechinger Report article published at NBC News, “Can Critical Race Theory and Patriotism Coexist in Classrooms?” about divisions in how to approach history and civics curricula. “If people are fighting about history, that shows that it’s important,” Grossman said. “It’s what historians want them to do.”

  • AHA Releases Statement on LGBTQ+ History Curriculum (May 2021)

    May 26, 2021 - 

    In response to recent legislative efforts and existing anti-LGBTQ+ laws in several states, the AHA has released a statement opposing “efforts to restrict the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history in elementary, middle, and high schools.” “The failure to teach LGBTQ+ history,” the statement argues, “distorts the historical record, harms LGBTQ+ students specifically, and prevents all students from receiving a complete education.” The AHA supports “expanding access to LGBTQ+-inclusive history curricula and greater protections for history teachers who include LGBTQ+ history in their classrooms.”

  • AHA Member Awarded Faculty of the Year Award (May 2021)

    May 25, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Hardeep Dhillon, who, along with Zachary Nowak, has been awarded the 2021 Faculty of the Year Award by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. The award is granted to faculty members who have gone above and beyond their responsibilities to make Harvard a more inclusive place.

  • National Coalition for History Issues Statement Opposing “Divisive Concepts” Legislation (May 2021)

    May 24, 2021 - 

    The National Coalition for History (NCH) has released a statement opposing the passage of so-called “divisive concepts” legislation currently under consideration in numerous state legislatures. NCH “deplores the intent of these bills to foment confusion and have a chilling effect on teachers,” the statement said. “We denounce such bills as thinly veiled attempts to place limits on a curriculum which fosters a comprehensive and critical look at our history from a variety of perspectives.” The NCH provides leadership in history-related advocacy. The AHA is a member of the Coalition, and AHA representatives serve on its executive committee.

  • AHA Issues Letter Objecting to Texas Bill (May 2021)

    May 20, 2021 - 

    The AHA has written a letter to Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and the members of the Texas Senate registering strong objection to Texas House Bill 3979, urging them to “reject this misguided, harmful, and unnecessary piece of legislation.” The letter describes how the bill would likely endanger Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment programs in Texas public schools. “The actual purpose” of the bill, the AHA writes, “is about whitewashing American history, keeping to the margins (or excluding altogether) such central issues as slavery; forced removals of Native Americans; inequalities based on race, gender, or other characteristics; and other aspects of our past likely to inspire the vigorous discussion that characterizes a good history class. . . . To deny Texas students the opportunity to discuss these issues openly and freely is to deny them their rightful place as citizens of the United States, and of the world.”

  • AHA Endorses Letter for Increased Funding of International Education and Foreign Language Studies (May 2021)

    May 14, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association signed onto a letter from the Coalition for International Education to Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Tom Cole supporting increased funding for the US Department of Education’s international and foreign language education programs. The letter strongly endorses a bipartisan letter from 116 House members recommending increased funding for International Education and Foreign Language Studies, including for HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs at their FY 2010 levels as adjusted by inflation. 

  • Inside Higher Ed Publishes Article by Former AHA President and Current Executive Director (May 2021)

    May 13, 2021 - 

    Former AHA president Mary Beth Norton (Cornell Univ.) and AHA executive director Jim Grossman have published an opinion piece in Inside Higher Ed, “Everything Has a History — but Only for the Elite?” TThe op-ed examines the recent decision by Aston University (UK) to dissolve its history department in the context of a broader attack on humanities teaching. “Especially at nonelite universities, governing boards and administrators have mistakenly assumed that history and other humanities subjects do not prepare students for jobs,” Norton and Grossman write. “History, like other humanities disciplines, might not prepare students for particular jobs. But it prepares them for a life of careers. Students who learn to think historically will be lifelong learners. In the 21st–century economy, that is rather practical indeed.” 

  • AHA Members Named Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows (May 2021)

    May 13, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to the graduate students who have been named Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows, including AHA members Gili Kliger (Harvard Univ.), Sherri Sheu (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, and councilor, at large, AHA Council), and Kristine Wright (Princeton Univ.). The Newcombe Fellowship, awarded by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, is the nation's largest and most prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values.

  • AHA Member Wins Book Prizes (May 2021)

    May 12, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Thavolia Glymph (Duke Univ.), who has won the 2021 John Nau Prize for the best book in the American Civil War Era for her book The Women’s Fight: The Civil War Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation. The Women’s Fight also won the Tom Watson Brown Book Award from the Society of Civil War Historians and the Watson-Brown Foundation. She will be presented the award during the Southern Historical Association's November annual meeting. Glymph is a past member of the AHA Nominating Committee. 

  • AHA Member Awarded Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant (May 2021)

    May 12, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Tasha Rijke-Epstein (Vanderbilt Univ.), who has won a 2021-22 Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant for her project “Archiving Waste: Community Histories of Race and Environmental Justice in Nashville.” 

  • AHA Signs onto MESA Statement on Florida Bill (May 2021)

    May 11, 2021 - 

    The AHA has signed on to a Middle East Studies Association statement opposing a Florida bill (HB233), approved by both houses and awaiting the governor’s signature, that would allow “students to record in classrooms without the consent of their professors.” The bill would also mandate “the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors to conduct an assessment of the ‘intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity’ at every institution in the Florida College System.” The statement notes that the proposed law “constitutes a legislative intrusion that will have a chilling effect on the free exchange of opinions it claims to enhance” and would limit “students’ abilities to express their views freely in an open environment.” 

  • AHA Members among SAH Awardees and Fellows (May 2021)

    May 11, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Lonnie Bunch (Smithsonian Institution), who was awarded the Society of American Historians’ (SAH) Tony Horwitz Prize “honoring distinguished work in American history of wide appeal and enduring public significance”; Christopher Tomlins (Univ. of California, Berkeley), for winning the Francis Parkman Prize “honoring literary merit in the writing of history” for In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History; and Brianna Nofil (Coll. of William and Mary), who won the Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize for "Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Origins of Immigrant Incarceration, 1900-2002." And congratulations to the five AHA members newly elected as fellows of the SAH: Daina Ramey Berry (Univ. of Texas, Austin), Crystal N. Feimster (Yale Univ.), Madeline Y. Hsu (Univ. of Texas, Austin), Claire Bond Potter (New School), and Claudio Saunt (Univ. of Georgia). 

  • AHA Members Named Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellows (May 2021)

    May 07, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Ariela Gross (Univ. of Southern California) and Tiya Miles (Harvard Univ.), who were announced as Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellows for 2021-22. 

  • AHA Members Named 2021 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders (May 2021)

    May 05, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Mike Amezcua (Georgetown Univ.) and Gema Karina Santamaria Balmaceda (Loyola Univ., Chicago), who have been named 2021 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders. The awards support junior faculty, and 11 scholars were selected for the 2021 cycle.

  • AHA Member Accepted into Academic Leadership Institute (May 2021)

    May 04, 2021 - 

    Reginald K. Ellis, councilor on the AHA’s Professional Division, has been accepted into the Academic Leadership Institute, a partnership between the University of Michigan and The New School. Ellis is an associate professor of history and the assistant dean in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Florida A&M University.

  • AHA Signs Letter Opposing DHS Records Schedules (May 2021)

    May 03, 2021 - 

    The AHA signed on to a letter drafted by Open the Government to Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas requesting the withdrawal and reevaluation of the Department of Homeland Security records schedules authorizing the destruction of records of abuse, neglect, and misconduct.  On March 12, 2021, a federal judge invalidated one of these records schedules, ruling that NARA failed to evaluate the long-term interests in the ICE records expressed by members of Congress, advocacy organizations, historians, and others. DHS and NARA are now considering their next steps, both in this case and with respect to other DHS records destruction schedules.

  • AHA Endorses Letter for Congressional Title VI Enhancements (April 2021)

    Apr 30, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association signed onto a letter from the Coalition for International Education to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The letter expressed support for the bipartisan re-authorization of the Higher Education Act and the inclusion of enhancements to Title VI in the bill.

  • AHA Member Appointed Newberry Library Vice President (April 2021)

    Apr 29, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Laura McEnaney, who has been appointed the Newberry Library's vice president for research and academic programs. McEnaney is the AHA’s vice president, Teaching Division. She is will be joining the Newberry from Whittier College in California, where she is professor of history. 

  • AHA Member Appointed Director of NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access (April 2021)

    Apr 28, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Briann G. Greenfield, who has been appointed the director of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access. Greenfield joins the NEH from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT, where she served as executive director. 

  • AHA Members Named 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellows (April 2021)

    Apr 28, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Beth L. Bailey (Univ. of Kansas) and Francoise N. Hamlin (Brown Univ.), who have been named to the 2021 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. The program “provides philanthropic support for scholarship in the humanities and social sciences that addresses important and enduring issues confronting our society.” 

  • AHA Member Named Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellow (April 2021)

    Apr 28, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Brandon Morgan (Central New Mexico Community Coll.), who has been named a Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellow for 2021. The program “offers faculty teaching at two-year colleges support for research, pedagogy, and community engagement projects in the humanities and interpretive social sciences,” and 28 scholars were awarded fellowships in the 2021 cycle. 

  • AHA Signs Joint Letter Registering Alarm about Georgia Voting Restrictions (April 2021)

    Apr 27, 2021 - 

    The AHA and nine other scholarly societies have sent a letter to convention bureaus in Georgia to “register our alarm and disappointment about the passage of SB 202” and its voting restrictions. “The grave concerns we share about this legislation,” the letter reads, “force us to reconsider whether we can in good conscience bring our meetings to your state. . . . As it stands, it will be difficult for us and our members to consider coming to Georgia in the future should the law remain in place.” 

  • AHA President Quoted in New York Times (April 2021)

    Apr 27, 2021 - 

    AHA president Jacqueline Jones (Univ. of Texas, Austin) was quoted in a New York Times article, “A New Benefit Raises an Old Question: Which Mothers Should Work?” about the expansion of the child tax credit. 

  • AHA Members Named 2021 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows (April 2021)

    Apr 27, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to the 11 AHA members who were awarded 2021 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support the final year of dissertation research and writing: Bobby Cervantes (Univ. of Kansas), Robert Christensen (Georgetown Univ.), Augusta Dell’Omo (Univ. of Texas, Austin), Ashley Dennis (Northwestern Univ.), Abdulbasit Kassim (Rice Univ.), Lucia Luna-Victoria Indacochea (Univ. of California, Davis), Andrea Rosengarten (Northwestern Univ.), Briana Royster (New York Univ.), Zoya Sameen (Univ. of Chicago), Madina Thiam (Univ. of California, Los Angeles), and Kelsey Utne (Cornell Univ.). 

  • AHA Executive Director Quoted in Article on the Great Migration (April 2021)

    Apr 26, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman was quoted in a Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal article by Danny McArthur on the history of the Great Migration and racial violence in the South. “The country is reshaped,” Grossman said. “When 7 million people move from one region to two other regions, the West and the North, every aspect of national life is affected.” 

  • AHA Members Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (April 2021)

    Apr 23, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to the five AHA members were recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Carol Anderson (Emory Univ.), Katherine E. Fleming (New York Univ.), Valerie Hansen (Yale Univ.), Keith A. Wailoo (Princeton Univ.), and former AHA Teaching Division vice president Patricia Nelson Limerick (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder). According to the academy, “The 2021 election provides an opportunity to recognize extraordinary people who help solve the world's most urgent challenges, create meaning through art, and contribute to the common good from every field, discipline, and profession.” 

  • AHA Member to Receive Honorary Degree from Duke University (April 2021)

    Apr 21, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, who will receive an honorary degree from Duke University during its May 2 commencement ceremony. Higginbotham is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, and currently serves as the national president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. 

  • AHA Signs onto Amicus Curiae Brief on Records Release (April 2021)

    Apr 19, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association has signed onto an amicus curiae brief in Lepore v. United States regarding the release of the records of two 1971 Boston, Massachusetts, grand juries that investigated the Pentagon Papers leak. Although grand jury records are usually kept under seal in perpetuity, the AHA supports the court’s original position that these records can be released as a matter of exceptional historical significance, a precedent the government is working to overturn. Relevant to this case is the AHA’s comment on Rule 6(a), available here.

  • 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.”

    45 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.” In August 2021, a Polish appeals court dismissed the claims against Engelking and Grabowski.

  • 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, PoliticoStuffWashington Post, and KITV4 ABC 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.