Members Making News: 2021 Archive

  • 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.