January 2017

From the Editor

Townhouse Notes
By Allison Miller

From the President

Bound and Gagged: Thoughts on the History of the 21st Century
By Tyler Stovall

From the Executive Director

Letter of Support for National Monument to Reconstruction
By James Grossman


Rare Air: Pan Am and the Height of Style
By Kritika Agarwal

Why Study History? Survey of History BAs Provides Some Real Answers
By Sadie Bergen and Emily Swafford

AHA Protests Threats to Academic Freedom in Poland
By Jane Fiegen Green

From the National Coalition for History

Fighting for History, within and beyond the Beltway
By Lee White


Political History: An Exchange
By Marc Stein | Frederik Logevall and Kenneth Osgood

AHA Activities

Mellon Foundation Grant Expands Impact and Scope of Career Diversity for Historians

Where Do Historians Work? An Interactive Snapshot from new AHA Data
By Elizabeth Elliot

Awards, Prizes and Honors Conferred at the 131st Annual Meeting

Career Paths

Prioritizing Happiness: From Teaching History to Grantmaking
By Julia Nguyen

In Memoriam

Richard R. Beeman (1942-2016)
By Bruce Kuklick

On the Cover

Today, the role of student military experience in higher education occupies an increasingly prominent place in conversations about college access, curriculum, and affordability. But it's possible that many historians haven't given much thought to the ways student veterans will come to shape classroom discussions, or considered that military training requires critical thinking skills that the study of history can draw out. This issue presents two takes on the subject from military veterans. Image: artist unknown, "The Colors: Four Years Pass in Final Review," US Army Center of Military History.