Members Making News: 2022 Archive

  • AHA Member Awarded Wilson H. Elkins Professorship by the University System of Maryland (December 2022)

    Dec 30, 2022 - 

    AHA Member Karen Cook-Bell (Bowie State Univ.) has been awarded a prestigious Wilson H. Elkins Professorship by the University System of Maryland (USM). The professorship supports USM professors and researchers who demonstrate exemplary ability to inspire students and whose professional work and scholarly endeavors make a positive impact at their institutions.

  • AHA Member Wins 2022 Cundill History Prize (December 2022)

    Dec 15, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Tiya Miles (Harvard Univ.), who has been awarded the 2022 Cundill History Prize for her book, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake (Penguin Random House). Administered by McGill University, the Cundill History Prize “recognizes and rewards the best history writing in English” and awards $75,000 annually to “the book that embodies historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal.” Miles also won the AHA’s 2022 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for her book.

  • AHA Member Writes Foreword for First English Translation of Poet’s Memoir (November 2022)

    Nov 07, 2022 - 

    AHA member Allison Blakely (Boston Univ.) contributed the foreword to Chronicle of the Left Hand: An American Black Family's Story from Slavery to Russia's Hollywood by James Lloydovich Patterson. Patterson, a poet and the child star of the 1933 Soviet film TSIRK, includes the memoirs of his paternal grandmother and tells his family's journey from slavery to the USSR and back to the United States. Originally published in Moscow in 1964, this is the first translation of Chronicle of the Left Hand in English and the first time it has been published outside of Russia.

  • AHA Member Presents Exhibition on World War I Photographer at Chicago German-American Cultural Center (October 2022)

    Oct 07, 2022 - 

    On November 11, DANK Haus Chicago and Amerikazentrum Hamburg will host an exhibition, “From Documenting War to Celebrating Life: The Story of a German-American Immigrant who Photographed Three Generations of Chicagoans,” with AHA member John Heinsen, grandson of photographer Walter A. Heinsen.

  • AHA Members Named Gilder Lehrman Institute 2022 State History Teachers of the Year (August 2022)

    Aug 18, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Melissa Collins (John P. Freeman Optional School) and Lisa Rauschart (Georgetown Day School) and all of the other K–12 history educators who were named the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s 2022 State History Teachers of the Year. Teachers were nominated by colleagues, parents, or students, then selected by a committee of educators and education professionals in their state.

  • AHA Members Awarded NEH Grants for Humanities Projects (August 2022)

    Aug 18, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to the 23 AHA members, along with many other historians, who were awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the NEH’s last round of funding for 2022. These peer-reviewed grants “will support vital humanities research, education, preservation, and public programs.”

  • AHA Members Serve as Lead Historians on Amicus Brief (August 2022)

    Aug 09, 2022 - 

    AHA members Kate Masur (Northwestern Univ.) and Gregory Downs (Univ. of California, Davis) served as the lead historians on an amicus brief submitted by professors of history and law to the Supreme Court for Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina. The brief contests the “originalist” claim that the 14th Amendment does not permit race-conscious policies of any kind.

  • AHA Member Awarded Kluge Humanities Prize (June 2022)

    Jun 28, 2022 - 

    AHA member George Chauncey (Columbia Univ.) has been awarded the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. The Kluge Prize is given every two years to “those whose scholarship has resonated both inside and outside academia.” Chauncey is the first scholar of LGBTQ+ studies to receive the award and “intends to collaborate with the library’s historians and curators on its AIDS Memorial Quilt archive collection.”

  • AHA Teaching Resource Developer Named 2022 ACLS Leading Edge Fellow (June 2022)

    Jun 21, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Corinne Kannenberg (Metropolitan State Univ., Denver) for being named one of the ACLS Leading Edge Fellows for 2022. The Leading Edge Fellowship program “support[s] recent PhDs in the humanities and interpretive social sciences as they work with social justice organizations in communities across the United States.” Kannenberg is also a teaching resource developer for the AHA’s Teaching Things: Material Culture in the History Classroom initiative.

  • AHA Members Named Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders for 2022 (June 2022)

    Jun 21, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Melissa Borja (Univ. of Michigan) and Marc Robinson (California State Univ., San Bernardino), two of the ten scholars named Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders (MEFL) for 2022 by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. The MEFL program “support[s] junior faculty whose research focuses on contemporary American history, politics, culture, and society, and who are committed to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars.”

  • Former AHA President Receives Honorary Degree from Harvard University (June 2022)

    Jun 09, 2022 - 

    AHA member and 2015 AHA president Vicki Ruiz (Univ. of California, Irvine) was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University during the 2022 commencement ceremony for her eminent career in Latino/a history. The honorary Doctor of Laws degree recognizes Ruiz as the “[f]abled founding mother of Latina studies, weaving spirit threads of memory into tapestries of tenacity; she draws stories of food workers, field hands, and flappers from out of the shadows and into the light.”

  • AHA Member Named ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow (May 2022)

    May 27, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Anna Yermakova (Harvard Univ.) and the other historians who were named as members of the 2022 cohort of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Emerging Voices Fellowship Program. The fellowship program “supports a vanguard of scholars whose voices, perspectives, and broad visions will strengthen institutions of higher education and humanistic disciplines in the years to come.”

  • AHA Member Publishes Historical Fiction Novel (May 2022)

    May 25, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Cynthia Herbert-Bruschi Adams on the publication of The Red Toque: Love and Loss in the Time of Tito (Strega Press). Herbert-Bruschi Adams’s historical fiction novel is set in eastern Europe beginning in World War II through the postwar era and based on the experiences of a real family.

  • AHA Member Compiles Data on African Americans in Early Woodbury, New Jersey (May 2022)

    May 25, 2022 - 

    AHA member Sue Kozel completed a 206-page report for the Woodbury Public Library, funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council of the Humanities. “Say Our Names: Early African American Life in Woodbury, a part of Deptford Township, NJ, 1770–1830” features alist of 615 African Americans, named and unnamed, from freedom papers, birth records, tax records, enslavement records, Quaker Diaries, merchant logs, abolitionist records, cemetery entries, news reports, and a thorough reading of secondary materials. 

  • AHA Members Join the National Council on the Humanities (May 2022)

    May 25, 2022 - 

    AHA members Beverly Gage (Yale Univ.) and Vanessa Northington Gamble (George Washington Univ.) were sworn in as new members of the National Council on the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ advisory board. Gage, Gamble, and the other new Council members were nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and confirmed by the US Senate in March 2022.

  • AHA Member Wins 2022 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize (May 2022)

    May 13, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Alaina Roberts (Univ. of Pittsburgh), winner of the Center for Great Plains Studies’ 2022 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize for her book I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land Univ. of Pennsylvania Press). The Stubbendieck Prize celebrates the most outstanding work about the Great Plains during the past year. The book prize committee selected Roberts‘s book as “a transformative work in its conceptualization of narratives about slavery, indigenous people, and settler colonialism in the Great Plains.”

  • AHA Members Named Winners and Finalist for Pulitzer Prize in History (May 2022)

    May 13, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Nicole Eustace (New York Univ.), Ada Ferrer (New York Univ.), and Kate Masur (Northwestern Univ.) for their recognition by the 2022 Pulitzer Prize Committee. Eustace’s book Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America (Liveright/Norton) and Ferrer’s book Cuba: An American History (Scribner) were named the winners of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History, and Masur’s book Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction (W. W. Norton) was named the finalist for the same prize.

  • AHA Members Awarded ACLS Project Development Grants (May 2022)

    May 13, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Andrew Britt (Univ. of North Carolina Sch. of the Arts) and Marcio Eugenio Siwi (Towson Univ.), who were named awardees of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Project Development Grants program. Britt’s project The Paradoxes of Ethnoracial Space in São Paulo, 1930s-1980s and Siwi’s, Making the Modern and Cultured City: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in Post-WWII São Paulo, were selected for the program, which “offers grants in aid to faculty at teaching-intensive colleges and universities whose research projects are poised to make important advancements in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences.”

  • AHA Members Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (April 2022)

    Apr 28, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Sven Beckert (Harvard Univ.) and former AHA Council member David A. Bell (Princeton Univ.), who have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences class of 2022 along with a number of fellow historians. Founded in 1780, the academy is “both an honorary society that recognizes and celebrates the excellence of its members and an independent research center convening leaders from across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to address significant challenges.”

  • AHA Members Announced as 2022 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellows (April 2022)

    Apr 28, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Christina Ghanbarpour (Saddleback Coll.), Tracy Lai (Seattle Central Coll.), and Kelli Yoshie Nakamura (Kapi'olani Comm. Coll.) for being named as recipients of the 2022 Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Community College Faculty Fellowships. These fellowships “recognize the vital contributions to scholarship, teaching, and local communities made by humanities and interpretive social science faculty who teach at two-year institutions.”

  • AHA Members Named to 2022 Class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows (April 2022)

    Apr 28, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Keisha N. Blain (Univ. of Pittsburgh), Sarah Cameron (Univ. of Maryland, Coll. Park), George Derek Musgrove (Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County), and Mark R. Wilson (Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte) for being named to the 2022 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. The Carnegie Fellowship Program “recognizes… exceptional scholars, journalists, and authors with $200,000 stipends, making it possible for the fellows to devote their time to significant research and writing in the social sciences and humanities.”

  • AHA Members Named 2022 Guggenheim Fellows (April 2022)

    Apr 26, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to the 12 AHA members who were named to the Guggenheim Fellows cohort of 2022. Fellowship recipients were chosen from “a rigorous application and peer review process out of almost 2500 applicants” and “appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

  • AHA Member Named ATBL Fellow for 2022-23 (April 2022)

    Apr 25, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Ben Wright (Univ. of Texas, Dallas), former AHA Career Diversity fellow Megan Piorko (Science History Inst.), and their fellow historian Helena Yoo Ruth (City Univ. of New York) for being named to the 2022-23 cohort of the American Trust for the British Library’s (ATBL) Transatlantic Fellowship Program. The Transatlantic Fellowship Program is “an integral part of the ATBL’s mission to promote and support the work of the British Library, one of the world’s greatest research libraries.”

  • AHA Members Awarded NEH Grants (April 2022)

    Apr 15, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to the 23 AHA members who have been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of $33.17 million in funding for humanities projects nationwide. The grants, which include summer research stipends and fellowship programsas well as support for other projects, wil l“lift up humanities organizations working to preserve and tell the stories of local and global communities, and bring high-quality public programs and educational resources directly to the American public.”

  • AHA Members Named as 2022 ACLS Fellows (April 2022)

    Apr 12, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to the seven AHA members who were selected as recipients of the 2022 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowships: Nancy O. Gallman (Lewis & Clark Coll.); David Newman Glovsky (Univ. of Albany, SUNY); Holly Miowak Guise (Univ. of New Mexico); Ceyda Karamursel (SOAS, Univ. of London); Elizabeth Lhost (Dartmouth Coll.); Ava Purkiss (Univ. of Michigan); and Justin Randolph (Texas State Univ.). The ACLS fellowship program “supports exceptional scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences that has the potential to make significant contributions within and beyond their fields.”

  • AHA Director of Research and Publications and AHA Member Co-curate Smithsonian Exhibit Really BIG Money (April 2022)

    Apr 12, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to Sarah Weicksel, AHA director of research and publications, and AHA member Ellen Feingold on the opening of the Smithsonian’s first numismatic history exhibit for children, which they co-curated with fellow historian Orlando Serrano Jr. and education specialist Abby Pfisterer. The exhibit, Really BIG Money, opened April 8 at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. It features 185 “big” numismatic objects—in size, quantity, or denomination—that “were selected to surprise, delight, and engage young visitors,” said Feingold.

  • AHA Member Awarded Bancroft Prize (March 2022)

    Mar 17, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Mia Bay (Univ. of Pennsylvania) and fellow historian Mae Ngai (Columbia Univ.), who were each awarded the 2022 Bancroft Prize. Bay won for her book Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance (Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press), while Ngai won for The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics (W.W. Norton). The Bancroft Prize, “considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American history,” is awarded annually by Columbia University.

  • AHA Member Featured in Stars and Stripes Article for Efforts to Rename Army Bases Honoring Confederates (March 2022)

    Mar 17, 2022 - 

    AHA Member Ty Seidule (Hamilton Coll.) was featured in a Stars and Stripes article by Jules Struck about his position on the Naming Commission to review and suggest new titles for Department of Defense property named after Confederates. The article highlighted Seidule’s southern upbringing and his efforts to correct the deceptive “Lost Cause” narrative of the Confederacy. “It’s not going to be enough to understand it; the policies must change,” Seidule said. “But the problem is, we’re not going to get enough Americans to agree to change the policies until we educate them about what the problem is and why it’s there.”

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on the Making of a Mexican Metropolis in Chicago (March 2022)

    Mar 10, 2022 - 

    AHA member Mike Amezcua (Georgetown Univ.) has published Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification (Univ. of Chicago Press). The book examines how the Windy City became a Mexican metropolis in the second half of the 20th century as Mexican Chicagoans used diverse strategies to fight the forces of segregation, economic predation, and gentrification in their struggle to achieve political power and control the fate of their neighborhoods.

  • AHA Member Nominated for NAACP Image Award (March 2022)

    Mar 07, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Keisha N. Blain (Univ. of Pittsburgh), who was a finalist for the NAACP Image Awards in the category of “Outstanding Literary Work — Biography/Autobiography.” Blain was nominated for her book Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America (Beacon Press). The NAACP Image Awards are awarded annually in a ceremony that “celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 competitive categories spanning film, television and streaming, music, literature, and podcasts.”

  • AHA Member Interviews President Biden about 21st-Century American Democracy (March 2022)

    Mar 04, 2022 - 

    On February 25, Heather Cox Richardson (Boston Coll.), AHA member and recent member of the AHA Program Committee, interviewed President Joe Biden about his views on American democracy in the 21st century. “I wanted to hear from a historic figure in a historic time about how he thinks about America in this pivotal moment, to put the specifics of what he does in a larger context,” Richardson wrote about the interview. She spoke with the president about his historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court; the history, values, and current events that have shaped his legislative priorities; and the challenges faced by American democracy in a rapidly changing world.

  • AHA Member Publishes First Book on the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign (February 2022)

    Feb 28, 2022 - 

    AHA member Henry Maar (California State Univ., Northridge) recently published his first book, FREEZE! The Grassroots Movement to Halt the Arms Race and End the Cold War (Cornell Univ. Press). Maar’s book details the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, which “played an instrumental role in shaping public opinion and American politics, helping establish the conditions that would bring the Cold War to an end.”

  • AHA Member Publishes Study of Rudolf H. Sauter (February 2022)

    Feb 18, 2022 - 

    AHA member Jeffrey S. Reznick (National Library of Medicine), chief of the History of Medicine Division, has written the first study of Rudolf H. Sauter (1895–1977), the German-born artist, poet, cultural observer, and nephew of the famed novelist John Galsworthy, revealing him as a creative figure in his own right who produced an intriguing body of artistic and literary work. Reznick’s book, War and Peace in the Worlds of Rudolf H. Sauter: A Cultural History of a Creative Life, is available through Anthem Press.

  • AHA Member Receives AILA American Indian Youth Literature Award (February 2022)

    Feb 03, 2022 - 

    AHA member Katrina M. Phillips (Macalester Coll.) was awarded the American Indian Library Association’s American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA) in the middle school category for her book Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Pebble). The AIYLA “identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America.”

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on the Relationship between Fashion and Feminism (February 2022)

    Feb 03, 2022 - 

    AHA member Einav Rabinovitch-Fox (Case Western Reserve Univ.) has published Dressed For Freedom: The Fashionable Politics of American Feminism (Univ. of Illinois Press). The book examines the complex relationship of fashion and feminism during the long 20th century, and how women used clothing and appearance to challenge and redefine gender, race, and class identities, as well as to promote feminist agendas, turning fashion into everyday feminist practice.

  • 2021 Honorary Foreign Member Interviewed in The Hindu (January 2022)

    Jan 24, 2022 - 

    In an interview with Murali N. Krishnaswamy for The Hindu, Mahesh Rangarajan (Krea Univ.),the AHA’s 2021 honorary foreign member, spoke about how his work fit with that of previous honorary foreign members and why he felt it resonated with the AHA. “Scholars are both researchers and teachers, and the foreign members of the AHA, going back to Germany’s Leopold von Ranke [the first-ever recipient of the AHA honorary foreign membership (1886)] saw history also as a discipline that educates and informs debate,” Rangarajan said. “I think the fact that much of my work is accessible may also be a factor.”