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  • AHA President-Elect and Members Awarded Long-Term Huntington Fellowships (May 2023)

    May 17, 2023 - 

    Congratulations to AHA president-elect Thavolia Glymph (Duke Univ.) and members Hilary Buxton (Kenyon Coll.), Gordon H. Chang (Stanford Univ.), Peter C. Mancall (Univ. of Southern California), Bernadette J. Pérez (Univ. of California, Berkeley), and Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard Univ.), who were awarded long-term fellowships by The Huntington as part of the 2023–24 fellow class.

  • AHA Members Named 2023 Newcombe Fellows (May 2023)

    May 17, 2023 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Kelsey Elizabeth Henry (Yale Univ.), Erica Lally (Georgetown Univ.), Aparajita Majumdar (Cornell Univ.), and Daniela Traldi (Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York), who were named Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2023 by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. The Newcombe Fellowship is “the largest and most prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values in interesting, original, or significant ways.”

  • AHA Member Awarded 2022 New Deal Book Award (May 2023)

    May 17, 2023 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Victoria W. Wolcott (Univ. of Buffalo), who was recently awarded the Living New Deal’s 2022 New Deal Book Award for her book Living in the Future: Utopianism and the Long Civil Rights Movement, as well as to AHA members Kenneth J. Bindas (Kent State Univ.), Matthew F. Delmont (Dartmouth Coll.), and Gene Zubovich (Univ. at Buffalo, State Univ. of New York), who were nominated for the award. Established in 2021, the New Deal Book Award is awarded annually “to recognize and encourage nonfiction works about the New Deal era.”

  • AHA Member Awarded 2022 New Deal Book Award (May 2023)AHA Member Named 2023 Berlin Prize Fellow (May 2023)

    May 17, 2023 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Mariana P. Candido (Emory Univ.), who has been named one of the 2023 Berlin Prize Fellows by the American Academy in Berlin. The Berlin Prizes are “awarded annually to US-based scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields, from the humanities and social sciences to journalism, public policy, fiction, the visual arts, and music composition.”

  • AHA Members Awarded 2023 ACLS Project Development Grants (May 2023)

    May 17, 2023 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Adam Lee Cilli (Univ. of Pittsburgh, Greensburg), Larissa Kopytoff (Univ. of South Florida, St. Petersburg), Judith Mansilla (Florida International Univ.), and Diana M. Moore (John Jay Coll., City Univ. of New York), who were selected as recipients of 2023 ACLS Project Development Grants. These grants “are designed to support scholars in teaching-intensive roles whose research agendas can make important advancements in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.”

  • AHA Member Awarded 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Biography (May 2023)

    May 17, 2023 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Beverly Gage (Yale Univ.), who was awarded the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for her book, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century, as well as to historian Jefferson Cowie (Vanderbilt Univ.), who was awarded the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book, Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power.

  • AHA Releases Statement Opposing Exclusion of LGBTQ+ History in Florida (May 2023)

    May 16, 2023 - 

    The AHA has released a statement condemning the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE)’s recent ruling banning educators from “provid[ing] classroom instruction to students in grades 4 through 12 on sexual orientation or gender identity unless such instruction is . . . expressly required by state academic standards.” “This erasure flattens the story of America’s long Civil Rights Movement…[and] bars students from examining cultures, religions, and societies—including Indigenous nations within Florida—that have embraced traditions of gender fluidity and homosexuality as meaningful categories of social identity and organization,” the AHA wrote. “We ask that the FLDOE reconsider its vague and destructive policy of censorship, and instead encourage the teaching of accurate and inclusive histories of the United States and the world.” To date, 50 organizations have signed on to the statement.

  • AHA Sends Letter to Alabama Senate Opposing “Divisive Concepts” Bill (May 2023)

    May 16, 2023 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to the Alabama Senate opposing Senate Bill 247, which would “make it virtually impossible for history educators to help students thoughtfully consider the continuing impacts of slavery and racism in American history.” By requiring public schools, colleges, and universities to teach that slavery and racism are solely “deviations from, betrayals of, and failures to live up to the founding principles of the United States,” SB 247 “would therefore prohibit teachers from asking students to consider a diverse set of primary sources and wrestle with one of the central academic issues in historical scholarship for more than 50 years: the historical relationship between slavery and freedom. . . . If passed, this bill would result in ignorance of basic facts about American history and undermine the education of Alabama’s students, including their ability to perform effectively in advanced coursework, whether in high school or college.”