Members Making News: 2021 Archive

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

    Oct 19, 2021 - 

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

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

    Oct 07, 2021 - 

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

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

    Oct 07, 2021 - 

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

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

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

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

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

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

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

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

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

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

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

    Sep 29, 2021 - 

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

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

    Sep 17, 2021 - 

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

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

    Sep 09, 2021 - 

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

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

    Sep 09, 2021 - 

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

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

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

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

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

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

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

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

    Jul 20, 2021 - 

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

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

    Jul 20, 2021 - 

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

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

    Jul 16, 2021 - 

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

  • AHA Member Interviewed on CNN (July 2021)

    Jul 15, 2021 - 

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

  • AHA Member Receives 2021 HistoryMakers Fellowship (July 2021)

    Jul 15, 2021 - 

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

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

    Jul 09, 2021 - 

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

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

    Jul 06, 2021 - 

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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. 

  • 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 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. 

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.