News & Advocacy


The latest activity of the AHA and historians in supporting history and historical thinking.

  • AHA Expresses Concern about Access to the Guatemala Policía Nacional Archives

    Jun 17, 2019 - 

    On June 13, the AHA sent a letter to Jimmy Morales Cabrera, president of the Republic of Guatemala, urging continued access to materials in the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (AHPN). The agreement concerning housing of the archive expires on June 30, 2019, and the AHA urged officials to permit the archive to remain in its current location and to continue the program of lodging digitized copies with the government of Switzerland and the University of Texas at Austin.

  • AHA Members Awarded 2019 ACLS Project Development Grants

    Jun 14, 2019 - 

    AHA members Mary Harvey Doyno (California State Univ., Sacramento) and Jesse Tarbert (Loyola Univ., Md.) are recipients of 2019 ACLS Project Development Grants, which provide support and advance the research of humanities faculty at teaching-intensive colleges and universities.

  • Nicaraguan History Professor Released

    Jun 12, 2019 - 

    The AHA is pleased to report that Professor Ricardo Baltodano Marcenaro, a historian of the Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua who was imprisoned in Managua earlier this year, has been released under the auspices of Amnesty Law voted on Saturday, June 8 by the Nicaraguan National Assembly. In January 2019, the AHA sent a letter to Daniel Ortega Saavedra, president of the Republic of Nicaragua, protesting Baltodano's imprisonment.

  • AHA Member Pens Op-Ed on the Importance of Historians’ Work

    Jun 12, 2019 - 

    In a Washington Post op-ed responding to historical errors made by popular journalists, Karin Wulf, executive director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and member of the AHA's Nominating Committee, emphasized "how critical the specialized toolbox of historians is to getting the past right."

  • Elizabeth Todd-Breland Appointed to Chicago Board of Education

    Jun 12, 2019 - 

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has named Elizabeth Todd-Breland, assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to the Chicago Board of Education. In this role, Todd-Breland will work to establish policies, standards, and initiatives that will ensure all students of Chicago Public Schools have access to high-quality education regardless of their income, address, or background.

  • Six AHA Members Elected to 2019 Class of American Philosophical Society

    Jun 06, 2019 - 

    The AHA happily congratulates six of its memberswho were recently elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society: David Cannadine, Annette Gordon-Reed, Martin Jay, David M. Rubenstein, Patrick Spero, and Romila Thapar. Since 1743, only 5,676 members have been elected to the APS, the oldest learned society in the United States. APS members represent the humanities, social sciences, the arts, and professions, and are leaders and in public and private affairs.

  • AHA Member Receives CAORC Travel Award

    Jun 03, 2019 - 

    Anna Weerasinghe, AHA member and PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, has received a Multi-Country Research Fellowship and the Mary Ellen Lane Multi-Country Travel Award from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. The fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for US doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars, and the award is granted to the highest-ranking fellow. Weerasinghe will be utilizing the funds to complete her dissertation, Gender, Medicine, and Law in Early Modern Portuguese India.

  • AHA Endorses Women’s History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act

    May 30, 2019 - 

    The Association endorsed bipartisan bill H.R. 1923, the Women's History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act. Beginning in 2021, the proposed program would feature prominent women to mark the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.  Each state, territory, and the District of Columbia will nominate a woman to appear on the coins. The Association commends representatives' efforts to increase gender diversity and representation on our currency.

  • AHA Signs onto Letter of Support for Federal Funding of International Education and Foreign Language Programs

    May 30, 2019 - 

    On May 28, the AHA joined other scholarly and professional organizations in sending a letter to Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. The letter advocated increased funding for International Education and Foreign Language Studies and articulated the sought-after international skills curated by such programs as Title VI and Fulbright-Hays.

  • AHA Members Receive Fellowships for Doctoral Dissertation Writing

    May 30, 2019 - 

    The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has selected AHA members Nimrod Ben Zeev (Univ. of Pennsylvania),  Craig Johnson (Univ. of California, Berkeley), Louis Lu (Harvard Univ.), and Amy Zanoni (Rutgers Univ.) as four of its of 23 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2019.  Each 2019 fellow will receive $25,000 to support the final year of dissertation writing for projects addressing questions of ethics and religion across various global regions.