Publication Date

January 31, 2023

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

Through email communications from June 21 to December 19, 2022; at a teleconference meeting held on October 3, 2022; and at meetings on January 5 and 8, 2023, the Council of the American Historical Association took the following actions:


  • Endorsed the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act.
  • Issued History, the Supreme Court, and Dobbs v. Jackson: Joint Statement from the AHA and the OAH expressing dismay that the US Supreme Court “declined to take seriously the historical claims of our [amicus curiae] brief” in its Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision.
  • Sent a letter to Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin affirming “the importance of input from qualified historians” in deliberations about monuments in public spaces.
  • Signed on to an amicus curiae brief in Haaland v. Brackeen.
  • Appointed the following members of the 2024 Annual Meeting Program Committee: Brittany Adams (Irvine Valley Coll.), Maurice Crandall (Arizona State Univ.), Krista Goff (Univ. of Miami), Daniel Gutierrez (Harvard-Westlake School), and James Palmitessa (Western Michigan Univ).
  • Approved the appointment of the following AHR Associate Review Editors for terms ending in June 2025: Ellen Boucher (Amherst Coll.), Shennette Garrett-Scott (Texas A&M Univ.), and Ndubueze Mbah (Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY).
  • Sent a letter to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards opposing its revision process for social studies standards.
  • Approved the selection of Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and law professor at New York University School of Law, to receive the John Lewis Award for Public Service to the Discipline of History.
  • Endorsed the Campaign to Establish the Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park.
  • Established the Tikkun Olam Award for the Promotion of Historical Literacy.
  • Approved removing the phrase “and who have markedly assisted the work of American historians in the scholar’s country” from the Honorary Foreign Member selection criteria.
  • Approved a request by the Royal Historical Society of the Netherlands to translate the Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct into Dutch.
  • Approved the minutes of the June 2022 Council meeting and the October 2022 teleconference meeting.
  • Approved the interim minutes of the Council from June through December 2022.
  • Approved the appointments recommended by the 2023 Committee on Committees.
  • Approved the Guidelines for Broadening the Definition of Historical Scholarship.
  • Approved the nomination of the 2023 Honorary Foreign Member (to be announced in fall 2023).
  • Appointed Mary Ann Irwin (California State Univ.) to co-chair the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2024 annual meeting in San Francisco. A second co-chair will be appointed via email.
  • Appointed Tamika Y. Nunley (Cornell Univ.) as chair and Gabriel Paquette (Univ. of Maine) as co-chair of the 2025 Annual Meeting Program Committee.
  • Appointed William Wechsler to a second five-year term as AHA treasurer, beginning July 2023.
  • Approved Reacting Consortium, Inc., as an AHA affiliate.
  • Approved changes to the Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct, including updates to hiring guidelines and recommendations for social media.
  • Approved renaming the John H. Dunning Prize to the AHA Prize in American History, to be awarded for an author’s first book or its scholarly equivalent.
  • Approved a proposal to establish a Middle East history prize, on the condition of raising the minimum funds required for AHA prizes (currently $50,000).
  • Received the audit for fiscal year 2022.
  • Approved changes to the AHA’s Investment Guidelines.

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