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  • AHA Member Spotlight: Yovanna Pineda Added November 08, 2016

    Yovanna Pineda is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida. She lives in Orlando, Florida, and has been a member since 1999. Alma maters: BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994; MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002 Fields of interest: Latin America and Argentina (19th and 20th centuries), technology, economic, industry, and rural studies Describe your career path. What led you to where you are today? My journey began about 25 years ago, at the end of my undergraduate years at UCLA. The post AHA Member Spotlight: Yovanna Pineda appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Teaching the Slave Trade with Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database Added October 31, 2016

    One of the most impressive archives on the web, Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database is the product of a massive undertaking from a network of scholars, technology experts, and government organizations from around the world who have invested thousands of hours into building a database of nearly 36,000 slaving voyages. Users can search the database using a variety of variables including a ship’s name, year of arrival, number of captives transported, outcome of voyage, embarkation and disembarkation locations, and the ship’s flag. The post Teaching the Slave Trade with Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Historians in Training: Interning at an Academic Journal Added November 07, 2016

    By Caroline Séquin Last year I spent some time in Paris conducting archival research for my dissertation and working as an assistant editor for Clio, Femmes, Genre, Histoire, the French leading academic journal on the history of women and gender. Together, these two experiences provided me with an opportunity to apply skills acquired in graduate school to new work environments and develop new ones, and to experience working outside academia while remaining actively engaged with the historical literature in my field of expertise. The post Historians in Training: Interning at an Academic Journal appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • The “Animal Turn” in History Added November 03, 2016

    By Dan Vandersommers Over the past few years, the humanities have been confronting a paradigm shift. After the cultural and linguistic turns of the 1970s and 1980s, ideas about language, meaning, representation, power, agency, othering, and knowledge-production redefined the humanities. Now, in 2016, new media, climate change, environmental catastrophe, terrorism, biotechnology, population growth, and globalization are destabilizing the core of the humanities. These forces are larger-than-human—they are seismic and are shifting intellectual terrain. They also require a change of perception—a new, less anthropocentric, vision for a new century. The post The “Animal Turn” in History appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Grant of the Week: Webb/Smith Essay Competition on The Economics of Higher Education in the United States Added November 10, 2016

    Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. This week we are featuring the Webb/Smith Essay Competition from the University of Texas at Arlington. The Department of History at the University of Texas at Arlington is announcing its annual Webb/Smith Essay Competition as part of the 52nd annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series. We invite original, unpublished article-length essays (maximum 10,000 words plus endnotes) from a range of disciplines that include history, political science, economics, sociology, and civil society studies. The post Grant of the Week: Webb/Smith Essay Competition on The Economics of Higher Education in the United States appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Announcing the #AHA17 History Hashtag Drive! Added October 28, 2016

    Twitter is brewing with excitement these days in anticipation of the AHA’s 131st annual meeting! Already, enthusiastic presenters and attendees are tweeting about their sessions to the hashtag #aha17. (As with last year, please help spread the word that, since A-ha stole #aha2016, we’re now using the shortened version.) A network visualization of tweets to the #aha16 and #dighist hashtags during last year’s meeting. A well-connected group of users frequently tweeted using these hashtags while also frequently mentioning one another. The post Announcing the #AHA17 History Hashtag Drive! appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Letter of Concern to Polish Government Regarding Treatment of Historian Jan Gross Added November 14, 2016

    AHA president Pat Manning sent a letter to Polish President Andrzej Duda expressing concern over the government’s treatment and potential prosecution of Jan T. Gross, professor of history at Princeton University. The celebrated historian of the holocaust is facing a libel investigation from Polish authorities for publishing historical accounts of Poles killing Jews during World War II. The potential actions, according to Manning, represent “a serious threat to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and impartial historical scholarship” in Poland. Read the letter below: The post Letter of Concern to Polish Government Regarding Treatment of Historian Jan Gross appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • AHA Member Spotlight: David Baker Added November 15, 2016

    David Baker is an independent historian who recently begun a history-themed podcast. He lives in Pittsburg, California, and has been an AHA member since 2010. Website: www.coffeebreakhistory.com Alma maters: BA, Andrews University, 2008; MA, Norwich University, 2013 Fields of interest: military, World War II, early America Describe your career path. What led you to where you are today? I am early in my history career. I have always loved history, which led me to attain a BA in history. The post AHA Member Spotlight: David Baker appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Denver’s Asian Americans Added November 17, 2016

    By William Wei An Asian American attorney contacted me recently to ask whether I knew that Denver once had a Chinatown. He expressed dismay that this historical fact was not widely known. There should be, at the very least, a sign to commemorate it, he said. It turns out he had called the right person—I did know that there was a Chinatown in Denver and I had even written articles about it. Historical marker commemorating the 1880 anti-Chinese riot in Denver. The post Denver’s Asian Americans appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Seminar from the Institute for Constitutional History: Democratic Constitutionalism Added November 18, 2016

    The Institute for Constitutional History is pleased to announce another seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty: Democratic Constitutionalism.  INSTRUCTORS: Robert Post is Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He has written and edited numerous books, including Citizens Divided: A Constitutional Theory of Campaign Finance Reform (2014), originally delivered as the Tanner Lectures at Harvard in 2013; Democracy, Expertise, Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State (2012), originally delivered as the Rosenthal Lectures at Northwestern University; For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom (with Matthew M. The post Seminar from the Institute for Constitutional History: Democratic Constitutionalism appeared first on American Historical Association.