2020 News

  • AHA Member Publishes Articles on Post-pandemic Planning and #MeToo (May 2020)

    May 15, 2020 - 

    AHA member Rachel Wheeler (Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ., Indianapolis) recently published an article in Inside Higher Ed on post-pandemic planning and a piece on the fallout of academic #MeToo in Women in Higher Ed.

  • AHA Members Win ACLS Project Development Grants (May 2020)

    May 14, 2020 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Jaclyn Sumner (Presbyterian Coll.) and Louie Dean Valencia-García (Texas State Univ.), who were among the 15 awardees selected for the American Council of Learned Societies' Project Development Grants program. These grants are awarded to university faculty whose proposed research projects have the potential to advance significantly their areas of study in the humanities.

  • AHA Members Announced as Mellon/ACLS Fellows (May 2020)

    May 14, 2020 - 

    Four AHA members were recently named as 2020 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellows by the American Council of Learned Societies, including AHA Council member Shannon T. Bontrager (Georgia Highlands Coll., Cartersville). Congratulations to Shannon and to Emily Brooks (Graduate Center, CUNY), Karen R. Miller (La Guardia Comm. Coll., CUNY), and William A. Morgan (Lone Star Coll., Montgomery). These fellowships recognize humanities faculty who teach at two-year institutions and their indispensable contributions to scholarship, teaching, and their communities.

  • AHA Member Wins Lester J. Cappon Award (May 2020

    May 13, 2020 - 

    AHA member Rachel Wheeler (Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis) has won the Lester J. Cappon Award for the best article published in 2019 in the William and Mary Quarterly for her co-authored article, "Singing Box 331: Re-Sounding Eighteenth-Century Mohican Hymns from the Moravian Archives." The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture awards this prize annually.

  • AHA Member Hosts PBS Special Segment (May 2020)

    May 13, 2020 - 

    Today, states plan to reopen even as the coronavirus crisis continues to grow. This impulse has a history: it's what many towns did during the flu pandemic of 1918. In this special documentary short, AHA member Ed Ayers, host of the PBS series The Future of America's Past, offers a snapshot view of Richmond, Virginia's experience with the 1918 flu. The special segment was released Friday, May 8, via PBS and NPR. 

  • AHA Member Awarded ASECS Gottschalk Prize (May 2020)

    May 12, 2020 - 

    AHA member Katie Jarvis (Univ. of Notre Dame) has been awarded the 2020 Louis A. Gottschalk Prize for her book Politics in the Marketplace: Work, Gender, and Citizenship in Revolutionary France (Oxford Univ. Press, 2019). The Gottschalk Prize is given annually to the best scholarly book on an 18th-century subject in any discipline. 

  • AHA Member Receives Carnegie Fellowship (May 2020)

    May 12, 2020 - 

    AHA member Bathsheba Demuth (Brown Univ.) is the recipient of one of 22 prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowships. The Andrew Carnegie Fellowship Program provides one of the most generous research stipends of its kind, and rewards a select few scholars whose research in the humanities is original, impactful, and addresses important issues in society.

  • AHA Member Awarded Humanities Grant from NEH (May 2020)

    May 12, 2020 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Jennifer Speed (Univ. of Dayton), who was awarded a Humanities Connections Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project on Paul Laurence Dunbar. These grants are awarded to support the preservation of collections, exhibitions in the humanities, and other scholarly research.

  • AHA Member Wins Pulitzer Prize in History (May 2020)

    May 05, 2020 - 

    AHA member W. Caleb McDaniel (Rice Univ.) has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America (Oxford Univ. Press).  McDaniel's book was noted as "a masterfully researched meditation on reparations based on the remarkable story of a 19th century woman who survived kidnapping and re-enslavement to sue her captor."

  • AHA Members among 2020 SAH Fellows (May 2020)

    May 01, 2020 - 

    The Society of American Historians recently elected its 2020 fellows. Eight members of the AHA were among the honorees. Congratulations to Carol Anderson (Emory Univ.), Gordon H. Chang (Stanford Univ.), Ariela J. Gross (Univ. of Southern California), Ari Kelman (Univ. of California, Davis), Kevin M. Kruse (Princeton Univ.), Mae M. Ngai (Columbia Univ.), Valerie Paley (New-York Historical Society), and Kim Phillips-Fein (New York Univ.).

  • Prize Contest: Applying History to Clarify the COVID-19 Challenge (April 2020)

    Apr 27, 2020 - 

    Inspired by the AHA's recent Statement Regarding Historians and the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Stanton Foundation is launching a weekly contest to identify the best new applied history article or op-ed that analyzes history to clarify the medical, political, economic and/or international impact of COVID-19 and identifies lessons or clues for policymakers. Each week's winner will receive $1,000, with an additional $2,500 prize for the best overall. Further details can be found on the Foundation's website.

  • AHA Members Elected to 2020 Class of the Academy of Arts and Sciences (April 2020)

    Apr 24, 2020 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Harvard Univ.), Michael Kazin (Georgetown Univ.), Erika Lee (Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities), Alondra Nelson (Institute for Advanced Study), Eve M. Troutt Powell (Univ. of Pennsylvania), Craig Steven Wilder (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology), and Louise Young (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison), who were recently elected to the 2020 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  These members are among the 276 exceptionally accomplished artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders to be honored by the Academy and engaged in advancing the public good.

  • AHA Members Named 2020 ACLS-Mellon Fellows (April 2020)

    Apr 24, 2020 - 

    AHA members Jennifer L. Anderson (State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook), Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor), and Treva B. Lindsey (Ohio State Univ., Columbus) have been named 2020 Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellows.  The fellowships, funded through the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, reward outstanding scholars dedicated to the public good by supporting twelve projects that demonstrate the dynamic role humanistic scholarship plays beyond academic settings.

  • AHA Issues Statement Regarding Historians and COVID-19 (April 2020)

    Apr 06, 2020 - 

    The etiology of the novel coronavirus is at once scientific and historical. In a statement endorsed by several peer organizations, the AHA emphasizes the importance of historical thinking in understanding the current crisis and urges all institutions that employ historians to be flexible and humane in considering the needs of their employees and constituencies.  

  • AHA Sends Letter to University System of Georgia Opposing Proposed Changes to the General Education Curriculum (March 2020)

    Mar 30, 2020 - 

    In a letter to Dr. Tristan Denley, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer for the University System of Georgia and chair of the General Education Redesign Implementation Committee, the AHA opposed proposed changes to the general education curriculum. The letter from the AHA asserts that the legislative requirement for instruction in the history and government of the United States and Georgia cannot be fulfilled by taking only one course, either in history or political science, and that proper instruction in history can be fulfilled only by trained historians. 

  • AHA Signs onto Statement Encouraging Temporary Adjustments to Faculty Review and Reappointment Processes during COVID-19 Crisis (March 2020)

    Mar 23, 2020 - 

    The AHA signed onto a statement from the American Sociological Association regarding faculty review and reappointment processes during the COVID-19 crisis. The statement encourages institutions of higher education to consider appropriate temporary adjustments to their review and reappointment processes for tenured and contingent faculty, including adjusting expectations for faculty scholarship, limiting the use of student evaluations of teaching, and extending tenure timelines. The AHA also urges all higher education institutions that employ contract and/or part-time faculty to compensate fully for courses already contracted for summer and fall offerings.

  • AHA Encourages Congress to Support NEH during COVID-19 Crisis (March 2020)

    Mar 20, 2020 - 

    On March 19, AHA executive director Jim Grossman co-signed a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting emergency funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities that would include support for historians whose income is imperiled by current conditions in higher education and other history-focused institutions, professional development relating to classroom and other historical work, and other needs relevant to the COVID-19 crisis. 

  • AHA Joins Lawsuit Challenging ICE Records Disposition (March 2020)

    Mar 16, 2020 - 

    The AHA has joined the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in a lawsuit against the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) challenging NARA’s approval of ICE’s records disposition, which authorizes ICE to destroy several categories of records documenting mistreatment of immigrants detained in ICE custody.

  • AHA Supports Release of Grand Jury Records of Historical Significance (March 2020)

    Mar 02, 2020 - 

    In connection with the amicus brief in Pitch v. United States, which was filed in September 2019, the AHA signed onto a letter to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Courts proposing a revision to Rule 6(e) to specify that the courts can release grand jury records based on historical significance. The proposed amendment would make clear that district courts have authority to order disclosure, in appropriate circumstances, of grand jury materials of historical significance, and it would provide a temporal limit for secrecy regarding grand jury materials that are stored as archival records at the National Archives.

  • AHA Expresses Concern over Deletion of Immigration Records (Feb 2020)

    Feb 29, 2020 - 

    In a letter to the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) on February 27, 2020, the AHA expressed concern over reports that EOIR had omitted close to 1,000,000 records from its September 2019 anonymized data release. The missing records include more than 1,000 applications for relief filed by immigrants in the course of immigration court proceedings, which are not exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • AHA Sends Letter to French President Emmanuel Macron with Concerns about Unclear Procedures for Declassification of Archives

    Feb 11, 2020 - 

    In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, the AHA expressed concern that the change in policy to declassify documents at Vincennes and other repositories in France has rendered many documents inaccessible. The AHA encouraged the development of a clear, efficient, and effective procedure for declassification so that historians and other researchers can access materials of ongoing public importance.

  • AHA Member Holloway Appointed President of Rutgers University

    Jan 30, 2020 - 

    Jonathan Holloway, AHA member and provost of Northwestern University, has been appointed the 21st president of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Following appointments at Northwestern University and Yale University, Holloway will begin serving as president of the university on July 1, 2020.

  • AHA Issues Statement Condemning the Use of Historical Sites in Warfare

    Jan 21, 2020 - 

    The AHA condemns the use of historical sites anywhere in the world as targets for destruction and as shields for protection. The use of historical sites in warfare is a violation of international law. Read the statement here.

  • AHA Sends Letter to Archivist about Altered Photo

    Jan 19, 2020 - 

    The AHA sent the following letter to the Archivist of the United States objecting to the alteration of a photograph on exhibition and praising NARA staff for acknowledging this serious lapse in judgement. Read the letter here.