April 2016

AHA Activities

“The Future of the African American Past”: A Landmark Conference to Mark the Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
By Dana L. Schaffer

In the April Issue of the American Historical Review
By Alex Lichtenstein

2016 AHA Nominations
Compiled by Liz Townsend

Career Paths

Casting a Wider Net: History PhDs, Change Your Perspective!
By Ramona Houston

In Memoriam

Elizabeth Eisenstein
By Margaret Eisenstein DeLacy

On the Cover

Our cover story, Jose Ragas's "Beyond Big Brother," brings to light emerging research on theuse of identity documents to assert belonging. Although ID cards originated in the sciences of surveillance in the 19th century, their proliferation led to a variety of meanings for individuals. Ragas takes conventional analyses of biometric technologies and stands them on their ear. Image: Vhils (Alexandre Farto), Dissection/ViaPedro Ribeiro Simões/Flickr/CC BY 2.0per0416.