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

  • “Abortion, Choice, and the Supreme Court: History Behind the Headlines” (July 2022)

    Jul 01, 2022 - 

    Join us for our free AHA Online event, “Abortion, Choice, and the Supreme Court: History Behind the Headlines,” on Wednesday, July 6, at 3 PM ET. 

    This AHA Online event brings together four leading scholars to place Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in historical context. How did we get here from Roe v. Wade (1973)? Why is history central to this jurisprudence and its implications?


    • Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Research Professor of American History, Harvard University
    • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, New York University School of Law
    • Aaron Tang, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law

    Moderated by: Leslie J. Reagan, Professor of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    To attend, please register. Can't make it? Don't worry-- register anyway and receive the link to the recording, which will be posted to the AHA's YouTube channel, after the event.

  • AHA Member Awarded Kluge Humanities Prize (June 2022)

    Jun 28, 2022 - 

    AHA member George Chauncey (Columbia Univ.) has been awarded the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. The Kluge Prize is given every two years to “those whose scholarship has resonated both inside and outside academia.” Chauncey is the first scholar of LGBTQ+ studies to receive the award and “intends to collaborate with the library’s historians and curators on its AIDS Memorial Quilt archive collection.”

  • AHA’s Amicus Brief Featured in Akron Beacon Journal Article (June 2022)

    Jun 23, 2022 - 

    The amicus curiae brief submitted by the AHA and Organization of American Historians for the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was featured in an Akron Beacon Journal article by Michael Douglas. This amicus brief was based on decades of study and research by professional historians, and aimed to provide an accurate historical perspective of abortion in the US. In the article, Douglas discusses the historical inconsistencies that appear in Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson.

  • AHA Executive Director Quoted in Washington Times Article (June 2022)

    Jun 21, 2022 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was quoted in a Washington Times article by Sean Salai about the waning presence of Flag Day in public schools. Grossman noted that the holiday has come to matter less than “how [the flag’s elements] mean different things to different people. … Perhaps the flag is best thought of not in terms of students memorizing facts about it, but as a source of thoughtful questions in a history or civics class.”

  • AHA Teaching Resource Developer Named 2022 ACLS Leading Edge Fellow (June 2022)

    Jun 21, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Corinne Kannenberg (Metropolitan State Univ., Denver) for being named one of the ACLS Leading Edge Fellows for 2022. The Leading Edge Fellowship program “support[s] recent PhDs in the humanities and interpretive social sciences as they work with social justice organizations in communities across the United States.” Kannenberg is also a teaching resource developer for the AHA’s Teaching Things: Material Culture in the History Classroom initiative.

  • AHA Members Named Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders for 2022 (June 2022)

    Jun 21, 2022 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Melissa Borja (Univ. of Michigan) and Marc Robinson (California State Univ., San Bernardino), two of the ten scholars named Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders (MEFL) for 2022 by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. The MEFL program “support[s] junior faculty whose research focuses on contemporary American history, politics, culture, and society, and who are committed to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars.”

  • AHA Signs On to ASEH Letter Opposing Closure of EPA Digital Archive (May 2022)

    Jun 14, 2022 - 

    The AHA has signed onto a letter from the American Society for Environmental History opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to sunset its online archive in July 2022. In addition to being “immensely useful to environmental historians,” ASEH writes, “[t]he site has provided resources for others working in ecology, biology, toxicology, and other environmental sciences as well as geography, law, sociology, political science, and public health. … Not least among those who have relied on the EPA’s online archive are those working with and living in more marginalized or environmental justice communities, a stated priority of current EPA leadership.”

  • Former AHA President Receives Honorary Degree from Harvard University (June 2022)

    Jun 09, 2022 - 

    AHA member and 2015 AHA president Vicki Ruiz (Univ. of California, Irvine) was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University during the 2022 commencement ceremony for her eminent career in Latino/a history. The honorary Doctor of Laws degree recognizes Ruiz as the “[f]abled founding mother of Latina studies, weaving spirit threads of memory into tapestries of tenacity; she draws stories of food workers, field hands, and flappers from out of the shadows and into the light.”

  • AHA Signs On to Letter Advocating for Title VI Funding (May 2022)

    May 31, 2022 - 

    The AHA has signed on to a letter to Congress from the Coalition for International Education urging stronger funding for the US Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education programs, including HEA-Title IV programs and Fulbright-Hays programs. “Many more programs would be made available to address the nation’s critical needs for advanced fluency in foreign languages, world regions and international business,” the letter states. “Students from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds would have more opportunities to obtain the international experience and skills in growing demand across a wide range of professional and technical fields impacting our global engagement, security and competitiveness.”