News & Advocacy


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

  • Kruse Discusses Urban Segregation in New York Times as Part of #1619 Coverage

    Aug 16, 2019 - 

    On August 14, the New York Times published a piece by Kevin Kruse, AHA member and professor of history at Princeton University, as part of its 1619 Project to examine the legacy of slavery in America. In How Segregation Caused Your Traffic JamKruse contextualizes the current debate over planned public transit extensions in Atlanta and traces decades of systemic segregation policies to existing racial inequality.

  • Smoller to Represent AHA at Presidential Inauguration at University of Rochester

    Aug 16, 2019 - 

    AHA member Laura Ackerman Smoller, professor of history and department chair at the University of Rochester, will represent the AHA at the Friday, October 4, 2019, inauguration of Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, the 11th president of the University of Rochester.

  • AHA Receives NEH Funding to Collaborate on Survey of Americans’ Attitudes about History and the Past

    Aug 14, 2019 - 

    On August 14, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced the awarding of $29 million for 215 humanities projects, including a cooperative agreement with the American Historical Association to conduct a national survey of Americans to assess perceptions of and engagement with history. The project, "History, the Past and Public Culture: An Exploratory Survey," aims to help historians better understand public audiences and broaden the relevance of historical work to public culture. The AHA is pleased to be working on this initiative with Fairleigh Dickinson University and FDU Poll and in collaboration with the American Association for State and Local History.

  • AHA Opposes Elimination of History Department at Gordon College

    Jul 29, 2019 - 

    On July 29, the American Historical Association sent a letter to Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, in response to the college's drastic restructuring plan and the decision to subsume the history department under one single Political Science, Philosophy, and History entity. The AHA vehemently urged the administration to reconsider its decision and highlighted the detrimental effects to faculty employment, pedagogical and research standards, and student learning outcomes.

  • AHA Expresses Support for the Right of Scholars to Sign the Academics for Peace Petition

    Jul 26, 2019 - 

    In a letter to judges of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey, the AHA joined 26 other scholarly associations expressing their support for the right of scholars and academics to sign the Academics for Peace Petition. The letter commended the court's recent rulings upholding protections for freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and urged the court to continue these protections as it considers the upcoming criminal cases of the Peace Petition signatories

  • Mihm Reviews Fellow Member’s Publication in NYT

    Jul 18, 2019 - 

    Stephen Mihm, AHA member and associate professor of history at the University of Georgia, recently reviewed The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O'Mara, Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington and a member of the AHA. In the piece for the New York Times, Mihm praised his colleague's persuasive work in which O'Mara chronicles the rise of Silicon Valley and the region's relationships with state and federal governments, competing corporations, taxpayers, immigrants, and other key players.

  • AHA Member Authors Housing Crisis Op Ed in the New York Times

    Jul 18, 2019 - 

    In an opinion piece published by the New York Times, Lizabeth Cohen, AHA member and professor of American history at Harvard University, discusses the multifaceted housing crisis befalling low-and middle-income Americans. Cohen contrasts today's inaction with the demand for and success of federal housing intervention policies following World War II.

  • AHA Supports Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott Refusal to Aid in ICE Raids

    Jul 15, 2019 - 

    On July 15, the AHA sent letters to the CEOs of Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and Marriott International, hotel chains the Association regularly uses for its annual meetings. AHA president Jim Grossman applauded the companies' refusal to allow US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to utilize hotel space as temporary detention centers during the announced raids on immigrant communities.

  • AHA Eliminates Job Center at Annual Meeting and Sets New First-Round Interview Guidelines

    Jun 28, 2019 - 

    The AHA will no longer sponsor employment interviews at its annual meeting.  This change encompasses both the Job Center and interviewing suites facilitated by the Association.  In making this decision, the AHA Council took into consideration the dramatic decline in conference interviewing in recent years, along with issues relating to the conference's general tone and atmosphere, technological change, and financial considerations, especially for prospective interviewees.

    The AHA Council has issued new guidelines for first-round interviews that refer to all potential interview venues.  

    The Career Fair will remain an important part of the conference, with its emphasis on broadening employment horizons for historians.

  • Job Opening at the AHA

    Jun 27, 2019 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for a Managing Editor. We will begin reviewing applications on July 10, 2019.