AHA Announcements: 2019 Archive

  • Historians Among 2019 Carnegie Fellows

    Apr 24, 2019 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Marcia Chatelain, William J. Connell, and John D. Garrigus, and to other historians named 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows. The fellowship program provides support for scholarship in the social sciences and humanities to produce publications that offer fresh perspective on pressing challenges of our time.

  • Historians Elected to American Academy of Sciences

    Apr 19, 2019 - 

    On April 17, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election of its new members for 2019, including nine historians. The new class of more than 200 members recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government, and public affairs. Congratulations!

  • Historians Win Pulitzer Prize

    Apr 19, 2019 - 

    The AHA is excited to congratulate two historians for receiving the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. David W. Blight, AHA member and Class of 1954 Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in the category of history for his book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. Jeffrey C. Stewart, professor of black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was honored with the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in the biography category for The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke.

  • Historians Receive Inaugural Mellon/ACLS Fellowships

    Apr 19, 2019 - 

    Four historians were among the 12 recipients for the first class of 2019 Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowships. In collaboration with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies has inaugurated these annual fellowships to provide faculty who teach and advise PhD students opportunities to serve as ambassadors for humanities scholarship beyond the academy and deepen their support for doctoral curricular innovation on their campuses. 

  • Article Published in AHR Receives Accolades

    Apr 18, 2019 - 

    Holly Brewer, AHA member and Burke Chair of American History and associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, received the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies' 2019 Srinivas Aravamudan Award for her article "Slavery, Sovereignty, and 'Inheritable Blood': Reconsidering John Locke and the Origins of American Slavery." The article, first published in the American Historical Review in 2017, also received an Honorable Mention for the 2019 James L. Clifford Award.

  • AHA Member to Participate in Texas Summer Institute for Secondary School Teachers

    Apr 16, 2019 - 

    Miguel A. Martinez, AHA member and social studies teacher at Northwest Early College High School, has been accepted as a Summer Scholar through the University of Texas at El Paso's Summer Institute, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This two-week long program for secondary school teachers will focus on incorporating borderlands and multicultural narratives into American history and identity through the development of creative storytelling methodologies in teaching philosophies.

  • Update on Stephens Point Humanities Majors

    Apr 12, 2019 - 

    The American Historical Association is gratified to learn that the University of Wisconsin-Stephens Point has reversed course on a plan to trim humanities majors, including history, from its undergraduate curriculum. Last March, the AHA expressed concern over the planned eliminations and received a direct response from Provost Greg Summers. The AHA will continue to advocate for the value of studying history for student success and happiness throughout their careers and civic lives.

  • AHA Member Wins Dissertation Fellowship

    Apr 12, 2019 - 

    AHA member Jillian Vaum (Univ. of Pennsylvania) is one of 11 graduate students to be honored with a 2019 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art. Her dissertation, Facing Freedom: Tracing African American Emancipation in Antebellum Portraiture, was selected by the ACLS and Henry Luce Foundation for promising research in object- and image-based US art history. Each fellow receives a stipend of $34,000 to support one year of dissertation research and writing, as well as up to $4,000 for travel and research during the 2019-20 academic year.

  • AHA Members Among 2019 SHFG Winners

    Apr 09, 2019 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members J. Samuel Walker and Matthew R. Pembleton for receiving awards from the Society for Historians in the Federal Government. Walker received the 2019 Individual Member Award for his recent publication, Most of 14th Street is Gone, while Pembleton's book, Containing Addiction: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Origins of America's Global Drug War, won the 2019 Henry Adams Book Prize.

  • Historians Receive 2019 NEH Grants

    Apr 05, 2019 - 

    On March 28, 2019, the NEH announced that it would provide $28.6 million to support 233 humanities projects nationwide. "These new NEH-supported projects will help shore up the nation's most valuable assets: its history, literature, historic sites, regional traditions, and cultural institutions," declared NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. Seventeen of these recipients are AHA members, and the Association extends a warm congratulations to all of these grant recipients. A full list of grantees is available.

  • ACLS Awards 2019 Fellowships to AHA Members

    Apr 02, 2019 - 

    The American Council of Learned Societies announced its list of fellows for 2019. Out of the 81 awardees, 24 fellows are members of the Association. The awards, ranging from $40,000 to $70,000, will support scholars for six to twelve months of full-time research and writing. For the full list of fellows, visit the ACLS website. Congratulations to our members!

  • Scientia Interviews AHA Executive Director

    Mar 14, 2019 - 

    In an exclusive interview with Scientia, AHA executive director Jim Grossman discusses the work of the Association and the organization's broader goal to serve more than just those in the history discipline. Grossman highlights the relevance of historical thinking in everyday public life and the valuable insight gained from examining our surroundings with a critical and curious lens.

  • AHA Job Openings

    Mar 13, 2019 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for an Editorial Assistant. We will begin reviewing applications on April 3, 2019.

  • AHA Member Publishes Opinion Piece in New York Times

    Mar 12, 2019 - 

    Tiya Miles, professor of history at Harvard University, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and AHA member, discusses the intersection of the African American historical narrative, gun ownership, and politics in an op-ed in the New York Times.

  • AHA Signs onto ACLS Letter Protesting Alaskan Budget Cuts

    Mar 05, 2019 - 

    On March 4, the American Historical Association joined 32 other professional societies in sending a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy and several other congressional representatives of the state of Alaska to express deep concern over the proposed $134 million reduction in state funding for the University of Alaska. The consortium of organizations highlighted the multifaceted consequences for Alaskan constituents and urged state leadership to reconsider.

  • AHA Member Honored as Regents' Professor

    Mar 01, 2019 - 

    On February 7, Donald L. Fixico (Mvskoke/Seminole/Shawnee/Sac & Fox), Distinguished Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University and AHA member, was honored and promoted to the rank of Regents' Professor. This prestigious distinction is held by less than 3 percent of all faculty at Arizona State University. 

  • AHA Urges Historians and Californians to Take Action

    Mar 01, 2019 - 

    On February 28, AHA leadership alerted members and other historians in California to a new plan at California State University, the nation's largest university, to cut core requirements for U.S. history and civics courses. The Association urges our community to contact Governor Newsom and other state legislators and implore them to reject this proposal put forth by the CSU General Education Task Force.

  • AHA Members Weigh in on Parental Rights

    Feb 28, 2019 - 

    On February 8, AHA members Dorothy Sue Cobble (Rutgers Univ.) and Mona Siegel (California State Univ., Sacramento) published an editorial in the Washington Post linking the recent push for paid parental leave in America to labor feminists' battle to secure the rights of women workers at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

  • AHA Member Receives Digital and Public History Fellowship

    Feb 27, 2019 - 

    Andrew Gomez, assistant professor of history at the University of Puget Sound and AHA member, earned a 2019-20 Whiting Public Engagement Grant to continue his multifaceted digital, oral, and public history project Race in the City of Destiny. The program funds and encourages humanities faculty who embrace public engagement in the profession.

  • Former AHA President Awarded Prestigious Prize

    Feb 25, 2019 - 

    Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of Chicago, AHA life member, and former AHA president, was awarded a 2019 Dan David Prize from Tel Aviv University for his work on macro history and East Asia. The tremendous honor recognizes interdisciplinary achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, or socio-cultural significance. Pomeranz shares the "Past Time Dimension" award with UCLA historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam.

  • AHA Member Receives Dr. John Hope Franklin Award

    Feb 13, 2019 - 

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education awarded the 2019 Dr. John Hope Franklin Award to Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and African American Studies at Harvard University and AHA life member. The award, which recognizes contributions to higher education, will be presented on March 11, 2019, during the 101st centennial meeting of the American Council on Education (ACE) in Philadelphia.

  • AHA Maintains Support for the Separation of Hungarian Politics and Academic Inquiry

    Feb 11, 2019 - 

    On February 11, the AHA sent a letter to the leadership of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to reaffirm its support for the autonomy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The AHA cautioned against reforms that would subject academy funding to approval from ministerial authorities. The separation of the Academy's research institutes and publications from politics is a crucial cornerstone of the institution's international integrity and the credibility of its historical scholarship.

  • Letter Protesting Michigan Mayor’s Termination of Journal Editor’s Contract

    Feb 11, 2019 - 

    On February 11, AHA executive director Jim Grossman sent a letter to Mayor John O'Reilly of Dearborn, Michigan, protesting the dismissal of Bill McGraw, editor of the city's historical commission's journal, for publishing an article about Henry Ford's anti-Semitism. 

  • AHA Member Wins Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

    Feb 11, 2019 - 

    David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, AHA member, and former AHA councilor, was awarded the 2019 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for his book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. This annual award honors a work that enhances the general public’s understanding of the Civil War era, and the prize committee praised Blight for “the most comprehensive and multi-dimensional biography of Frederick Douglass ever written.”

  • AHA Member Comments on Conservative Right and Academia

    Feb 05, 2019 - 

    On January 31, Kimberly Phillips-Fein, associate professor of history at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and AHA member, published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education examining the evolution of conservative criticism and distrust of the university system. 

  • AHA Expresses Concerns about Potential Impact of Plan S on the Humanities

    Feb 04, 2019 - 

    The AHA fully supports broad access to the resources required to create new knowledge and share it as widely as possible. However, concerns about the principles set out in Plan S have led the AHA to write a letter to Coalition S members regarding the potential for harm to humanities scholarship.

  • Rosenfeld Discusses Democracy, Fact-Checking, and Fake News

    Jan 31, 2019 - 

    The New Yorker published an interview with Sophie Rosenfeld, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and AHA vice president, Research, who discusses the relationship between American democracy and the idea of truth in the era of social media and "fake news." Rosenfeld examines the way in which notions of truth have been contested in American history and emphasizes the continued importance of asking what is true and "How do you know what's true?"

  • AHA Calls on Nicaraguan President to Release History Professor

    Jan 24, 2019 - 

    On January 24, the Association sent a letter to Daniel Ortega Saavedra, president of the Republic of Nicaragua, articulating concern about the imprisonment of Professor Ricardo Baltodano Marcenaro of the Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua and the charges leveled against him. The AHA cited the UN High Commission for Human Rights’ inquiry into the case and urged Baltodano’s immediate release.