News & Advocacy


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

  • Lehfeldt Discusses Importance of Storytelling in History Teaching

    Jan 09, 2019 - 

    Liz Lehfeldt, Mandel Professor in Humanities at Cleveland State University and former AHA vice president, Teaching, responded to the declining number of history majors with her thoughts in a January 9 Inside Higher Ed article, "Why Study History?" Lehfeldt asks, "What story does our pedagogy tell about the significance of history and why students should care?"

  • New York Times Publishes Op-Ed by AHA Member

    Dec 07, 2018 - 

    On December 1, Ana Minian, AHA member and professor of history at Stanford University, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times discussing America's current detention policies and charting how the federal government's position has changed throughout history.

  • Former AHA President Receives Prestigious Faculty Award

    Dec 07, 2018 - 

    On November 26, William Roger Louis, former AHA president and Kerr Chair in English History and Culture, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and co-director of the British Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin, was conferred the University of Texas at Austin Civitatis Award in recognition of outstanding faculty citizenship. The award, bequeathed by university President Gregory Fenves, is the highest award a faculty member can receive at UT. It recognizes dedicated and meritorious service to the university above and beyond the regular expectations of teaching, research, and service.

  • AHA Member Weighs in on Confederate Monuments Controversy

    Dec 04, 2018 - 

    On November 30, James Leloudis, AHA member and professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published an article in the News & Observer on the future of Silent Sam and the ongoing debate surrounding Confederate monuments.  In the article, Leloudis offered context for the discussion and drew on the AHA's Statement on Confederate Monuments, published in August 2017.

  • AHA Council Members Discuss History Education in the Washington Post

    Nov 27, 2018 - 

    On November 22, Jim Grossman, AHA executive director, and Sophia Rosenfeld, AHA vice president, Research Division, offered thoughts on history education in schools today in an article published by the Washington Post. Talitha LeFlouria, AHA member and associate professor of African and African American studies the University of Virginia, was also interviewed for the piece.

  • AHA Asks NARA for Careful Consideration of Department of Interior Disposition Request

    Nov 27, 2018 - 

    On November 26, the AHA sent a letter to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero expressing concern regarding the current records disposition request from the Department of the Interior. The AHA emphasized the value of the records for historical research and future policy making regarding issues related to resource management, endangered species and environments, and indigenous legal and cultural affairs. 

  • AHA Past President Tyler Stovall Interviewed on Anniversary of WWI Armistice

    Nov 15, 2018 - 

    On November 9, 2018, Tyler Stovall, AHA past president and professor of history and dean of humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz, offered comments on the lessons and legacy of World War I during a live interview with i24News. Stovall drew parallels between the divisive nationalist fervor in Europe today and that of 100 years ago and discussed the war's lasting impact in the Middle East. The interview, available for download, comprised part of the global 24-hour television news network's coverage marking the centennial anniversary of the WWI Armistice.

  • AHA Member Receives Receives Emmett Leahy Award

    Nov 15, 2018 - 

    On November 9, Trudy H. Peterson, AHA member, former member and vice president of the AHA Professional Division, and former acting archivist of the United States, was honored with the 2018 Emmett Leahy Award for Excellence in Records & Information Management. The award recognizes an individual whose contributions and outstanding accomplishments have a major impact on the records and information management profession.

  • Karin Wulf to Represent AHA at 2019 William & Mary Presidential Inauguration

    Nov 14, 2018 - 

    Karin Wulf, AHA member and executive director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, will represent the Association at the official inauguration of Katherine Rowe as the 28th president of the College of William & Mary on February 8, 2019.

Allan J. Lichtman Published in USA Today

<p>On Sept. 26, Allan J. Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History at American University, published an <a href="">op-ed</a> in USA Today, based on his new book, The Embattled Vote in America. &ldquo;The Founders unwisely gave states control of the vote,&rdquo; he wrote. The problem today &ldquo;is not fraudulent voting but the suppression of voting" through &ldquo;stringent voter photo ID laws, draconian purges of registration rolls, the disenfranchisement of former felons and restrictions on the opportunity to register.&rdquo;</p>