News & Advocacy


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

  • Marketing Manager Position Opening at the AHA

    Feb 18, 2020 - 

    February 18, 2020 -  Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for a Marketing Manager. We will begin reviewing applications on March 1, 2020.

  • 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.

  • History Graduate Student Released from Iranian Prison

    Dec 09, 2019 - 

    On Saturday December 7, Iranian authorities released a historian, Xiyue Wang, who had been held for three years in Evin prison in Tehran on suspicion of espionage.  A graduate student at Princeton University, Wang was in Iran for dissertation research on the foreign relations of Qajar-era (1789-1925) Iran, when he was arrested in 2016.  He, his family, his university, and the State Department deny that he engaged in espionage.  In a prisoner swap arranged by the State Department and Iran's Foreign Ministry, Mr. Wang was exchanged for an Iranian scientist, Masoud Soleimani, who was in U.S. custody after conviction on charges of violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.  

    The AHA protested Mr. Wang's imprisonment in a letter to Iranian authorities in 2018.  The delay between Wang's initial arrest and the letter is due to our decision to defer to Princeton's judgement on what would best serve Mr. Wang's interests.  The AHA does what it can to defend the interests of historians around the country and around the world, and is pleased to congratulate Mr. Wang on his freedom.

  • AHA Member Contextualizes Paid Maternity Leave in New York Times Op-Ed

    Dec 06, 2019 - 

    AHA member Mona Siegel, professor of history at California State University, Sacramento, published an op-ed in the New York Times drawing attention to female labor activists' century-old battle for paid maternity leave around the world.

  • AHA Member Discusses Indigenous History on NPR Podcast

    Dec 03, 2019 - 

    Anderson Hagler, AHA member and PhD candidate at Duke University, will be featured on an episode of NPR's The Academic Minute as he analyzes how American Indians are negatively portrayed in modern cinema and historical archives. November is Native American Heritage Month.

  • AHA Pushes for Reauthorization of Title VI College Affordability Act

    Oct 25, 2019 - 

    The AHA joined 30 other organizations expressing their support for reauthorization of the College Affordability Act, a federally funded Title VI-International Education program. The coalition urged the US House Committee on Education and Labor and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment to continue its bipartisan support for the initiative.

  • AHA Comments on Proposed NLRB Rule Change

    Oct 21, 2019 - 

    The National Labor Relations Board is considering a rule change that would diminish the right of graduate students at private universities to organize unions. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education,"ratherthan looking at the facts in any case before it, the National Labor Relations Board is aiming to create an overarching rulethat would exclude teaching and research assistants from being covered by the 1935 National Labor Relations Act." The American Historical Association opposes the proposed ruling.