Actions by the AHA Council
January 2022 to June 2022
Through email communications from January 24 to May 23, 2022; at teleconference meetings held on March 11, March 28, and April 11, 2022; and at meetings on June 4 and 5, 2022, the Council of the American Historical Association took the following actions:
- Signed on to a statement from the Middle East Studies Association, Scholars at Risk, and the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies encouraging universities to provide opportunities for the safe and speedy relocation of Afghanistan’s students and scholars.
- Sent a letter to Collin College president Neil Matkin expressing concern about the decision not to renew the contract of Michael Phillips, professor of history, after Phillips’s request that his students “consider wearing masks to protect their own health and the health of their classmates.”
- Approved a statement condemning former president Donald J. Trump’s reported extensive and repeated violations of the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
- Approved Bomb Threats against HBCUs: A History of Domestic Terrorism, a statement historicizing and condemning the numerous bomb threats received by at least 17 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in early 2022.
- The Executive Committee discussed the AHA’s policy not to publish anonymous articles in Perspectives on History, leaving current policy in place pending full Council discussion.
- Approved a statement, Historians Condemn Russian Invasion of Ukraine.
- Signed on to the Coalition for International Education letter to Senate and House leaders expressing gratitude for the inclusion of the “Reauthorization of International Education Programs Under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965” in the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 and the America COMPETES Act of 2022, comprehensive legislation to address 21st-century global security and economic challenges.
- Signed on to a statement by the African Studies Association on discriminatory treatment meted out to Africans, including scholars and students, fleeing the war in Ukraine.
- Signed on to a joint statement from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies; and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages strongly opposing the vilification and exclusion of Russian and Belarusian students and colleagues.
- Sent a letter to the leadership of Iowa State University expressing concern about a pending cumulative 34 percent cut to the Department of History’s operating budget and urging the university to reconsider this drastic action.
- Approved the Research Division’s recommendation to relocate the American Historical Review (AHR) office from Indiana University to the AHA headquarters in Washington, DC.
- Revised the Statement on the Right to Engage in Collective Bargaining to note specifically the inclusion of graduate students among that community of historians. The statement endorses the right of all historians to organize and join unions.
- Signed on to a letter from the American Society for Environmental History to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing the agency’s plans to sunset its online archive in July 2022.
- Signed on to a letter from the Coalition for International Education to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies in support of funding for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays for fiscal year 2023.
- Approved the minutes of the January 2022 Council meetings.
- Approved the interim minutes of the Council from January through May 2022.
- Appointed Kenneth Ledford (Case Western Reserve Univ.) for a third term as parliamentarian to begin January 2023.
- Appointed the following members of the 2024 Annual Meeting Program Committee: Sara Abosch-Jacobson (Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum); Leandro Benmergui (Purchase Coll.); Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane (Univ. of Minnesota, Morris); Aparna Kapadia (Williams Coll.); Lerone Martin (Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford Univ.); Rachel Reinhard (California History Social Sciences Project); James Ryan (Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York Univ.); Lorelle Semley (Coll. of the Holy Cross); and Xiaojian Zhao (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara).
- Approved the FY23 budget, including a dues increase for individual members and a new membership category for members with salaries of $200,000 or more.
- Approved the nominees for the 2022 Awards for Scholarly Distinction (to be announced in October).
- Approved the nominee for the 2022 John Lewis Award for Public Service to the Discipline of History (to be announced in October).
- Approved limiting the Awards for Scholarly Distinction and the Honorary Foreign Member to nominees solicited by the committee of the three presidents.
- Approved the elimination of the Jameson Fellowship after the 2022–23 academic year.
- Instructed AHA staff to pursue the renaming of prizes named after controversial historical figures, such as the Beveridge and Dunning Prizes.
- Recommended to board members of the National History Center that they consolidate the center’s work into the general operations of the AHA.
- Authorized AHA staff to move toward a digital-only default option for AHR subscriptions.
- Approved the reappointment of the following members of the AHR Board of Editors for one year beginning in August 2022: Sunil Amrith (Yale Univ.); Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard Univ.); Antoinette Burton (Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign); and Yoav Di-Capua (Univ. of Texas at Austin).
- Approved the appointment of the following members of the AHR Board of Editors to begin three-year terms in August 2022: Danna Agmon (Virginia Tech); Emily Greble (Vanderbilt Univ.); and Destin Jenkins (Stanford Univ.).
- Approved the reappointment of the following AHR Associate Review Editors for one year beginning in August 2022: Farid Azfar (Swarthmore Coll.); Bradley Camp Davis (Eastern Connecticut State Univ.); and Lorelle Semley (Coll. of the Holy Cross).
- Approved the appointment of the following AHR Associate Review Editors to begin three-year terms in August 2022: Alejandra Dubcovsky (Univ. of California, Riverside); David Rex Galindo (Univ. Adolfo Ibáñez); and Sandra Mendiola García (Univ. of North Texas).
- Selected Oxford University Press to publish the AHR with a five-year contract beginning in January 2024.
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