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  • AHA Issues Letter Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Rates in Louisiana (July 2021)

    Jul 28, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a letter to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other leaders in the state expressing “alarm that vaccination rates in the state of Louisiana remain well below the national average.” “We know that city and state officials are eager to see business travel resume and travel industry jobs and revenue rebound,” the AHA wrote, “and we trust that you will mount a vigorous public health effort to increase vaccination rates and prevent a renewed surge of COVID cases, which would necessitate the reimposition of restrictions on conferences and business travel.” The AHA wants to ensure that its annual meeting, to be held in New Orleans in January 2022, is “as safe as possible for all to attend.”

  • AHA Member Awarded Nevins Prize by Society of American Historians (July 2021)

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Brianna Nofil (Coll. of William & Mary), who was awarded the 2021 Allan Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians for her dissertation, “Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Origins of Immigrant Incarceration, 1900-2002.” The Nevins Prize is awarded annually to a doctoral dissertation on an American subject.

  • AHA Members Elected as Fellows to the British Academy (July 2021)

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

    AHA members David A. Bell (Princeton Univ.), Susanna K. Elm (Univ. of California, Berkeley), and Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Univ.) were among 84 new fellows elected to the British Academy “in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the SHAPE subjects—the social sciences, humanities and the arts.” The British Academy is the United Kingdom’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

  • New Honorarium for Perspectives on History Authors (July 2021)

    Jul 26, 2021 - 

    Starting with the September 2021 issue of Perspectives on History, authors of articles published in the print magazine will be paid an honorarium of $100 per article. (This honorarium will not be offered to writers who submit In Memoriam essays or letters to the editor or who are published online in Perspectives Daily.)

  • AHA Member Awarded Richards Prize for Article on Post-Civil War Incarceration of Black Children (July 2021)

    Jul 20, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Catherine Jones (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz), who has been awarded the 2021 George and Ann Richards Prize for the best article published in the Journal of the Civil War Era. Jones’s article, “The Trials of Mary Booth and the Post-Civil War Incarceration of African American Children,” appeared in the September 2020 issue.

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on the Jesuit Mission to China (July 2021)

    Jul 20, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Litian Swen (City Univ. of New York), who recently published his first book, Jesuit Mission and Submission: Qing Rulership and the Fate of Christianity in China, 1644-1735 (Brill, 2021). In his book, Swen “explains how the Jesuits entered the Manchu world after the Manchus conquered Beijing in 1644” and “redefines the rise and fall of the Christian mission in the early Qing court through key events.”

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on American Internment during World War II (July 2021)

    Jul 16, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member John E. Schmitz (Northern Virginia Community Coll., Annandale), who recently published his first book, Enemies Among Us: The Relocation, Internment, and Repatriation of German, Italian, and Japanese Americans during the Second World War (Univ. of Nebraska Press). In his book, Schmitz “examines the causes, conditions, and consequences of America’s selective relocation and internment of its own citizens and enemy aliens, as well as the effects of internment on those who experienced it.”

  • AHA Member Interviewed on CNN (July 2021)

    Jul 15, 2021 - 

    AHA member Aaron O’Connell (Univ. of Texas, Austin) was interviewed by Paula Newton on CNN Newsroom. In the interview, O’Connell discussed US interests in Afghanistan.

  • AHA Member Receives 2021 HistoryMakers Fellowship (July 2021)

    Jul 15, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Adrienne Petty (Coll. of William and Mary), who was awarded a 2021 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy and Teaching Fellowship, presented by The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive. This fellowship is “designed to foster classroom innovation and teaching and to diversify curricula while furthering student learning and research skills during the upcoming academic year.”