Summer 2016 Special!

This summer, the editors of AHA Today and Perspectives on History teamed up to create a mixtape. We’ve come up with a set of tracks to keep road-trip spirits high, rock a house party till the cops show up, and definitely win the affections of a school crush. Just kidding—these are stories from AHA publications over the past year that inspired us, made us stop and think, and generally provided evidence that "historian" is a great thing to be. Side A, "Being a Historian," focuses on careers, while Side B, "Doing History," shows the importance of our research in public conversations. We see this tiny archive as a gift from us to you. Now play it loud.

The cover image, "Tapes" by Pascal Terjan, is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.0.

Side A: Being a Historian

Graduate Education Reconsidered

By James Grossman and Emily Swafford
History PhDs need to know how to teach. Period.

Facing Slavery's Legacy at Georgetown: What Can Historians Contribute?

By Adam Rothman
Facing "pressure from the present," historians help the university reckon with its past.

My First Year beyond the Professoriate: "Challenge and Opportunity" for a New Special Collections Curator

By Thai Jones
What do John Jay and Lenny Bruce have in common? One new historian found out.

My First Year on the Tenure Track

By Marsha Barrett
In a small city in Mississippi, everything came as a surprise—often pleasantly.

Beyond First-Day Jitters: Teaching While Introverted, Shy, or Both

By Erika Vause
It's not only the effortlessly outgoing who can lead a class.

From History to Logistics: How My Degree in History Helps My STEM Career

By Jonathan Lewis
One of the most popular entries in our series What to Do with a BA in History.

Teaching Environmental History in US and World History Survey Courses

By Allison Frickert-Murashige
As part of the NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative, a historian discovers her inner "science nerd."

Quantitative Literacy for Historians: Who’s Afraid of Numbers?

By Nicholas Mulder and Madeline Woker
From the AHA Career Diversity initiative: why you will use math in real life.

The Question of Career

By Karen Marguerite Wilson-Ama'Echefu
Where does a historian-storyteller begin the narrative of her career?

View from the Exhibit Hall: A Publisher’s Guide to Dos and Don’ts at the AHA Annual Meeting

By Amy Lee
Got your elevator pitch ready? Good, but there's more to meeting with an editor.

Side B: Doing History

Black Histories Matter

By Erica Caple James and Malick W. Ghachem
A telling omission in a restaurant magnate's replica of Monticello: slave quarters.

The Privatization of Animal Life and the Future of Circus Elephants in America

By Susan Nance
The history of animals in entertainment suggests an uncertain future for retired elephants.

A Typology of Colonialism

By Nancy Shoemaker
Settler colonialism: is that all there is?

Distance, Empathy, and the Challenge of Interpreting an Intimate Past

By Eladio Bobadilla
An AHA grad student summer blogger encounters unexpected turns in his research on Latino immigrants.

American Historian, Meet American Girl

By Marcia Chatelain
A skeptic ponders the famous children's books.

Beyond Big Brother: Turning ID Cards into Weapons of Citizenship

By Jose Ragas
Biometrics aren't only tools of surveillance anymore.

Can the South Asian Academic Speak from Abroad? Colonialism and Anticolonialism in Modi's America

By Priya Satia
According to some, working outside the subcontinent disqualifies one from criticizing India.

Freedom Dreams: The Many Uses of History in Georgia's Ongoing Struggle for Educational Desegregation

By Anita Casavantes Bradford
Freedom University's undocumented students pick up where Freedom Schools left off.

Stonewall's Contested History

By Christopher Adam Mitchell
A director's whitewashed retelling of the LGBTQ uprising provoked historians to respond.

Inspiration and Perspiration: A Sculptor Reflects on His Historical Method

By Rob Firmin
The author works in archives to "write" in bronze and light.