The American Historical Association (AHA) and the American Philosophical Association (APA), supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are exploring how philosophy and history faculty members at historically black colleges and universities can contribute to and improve the work of scholarly societies, and working to improve access to the resources and networks the societies provide.

This project was initiated to explore how scholarly societies can offer professional development opportunities that address particular needs of faculty at under-resourced HBCUs. The AHA and APA are currently conducting a national survey for historians and philosophers based at HBCUs, and will convene three focus groups that will investigate the educational and professional implications of these lower participation rates and work towards deeper collaboration between scholarly societies and HBCUs.

This project began activities in July 2017 and will extend through March 2019. Julia Brookins, special projects coordinator at the AHA, serves as principal investigator, with assistance from AHA and APA staff. The project steering committee includes:

Cassandra Alexander-Newby, Norfolk State Univ. (History)
Reginald Ellis, Florida A&M Univ. (History)
Patrick Goodin, Howard Univ. (Philosophy)
Sharlene Sinegal DeCuir, Xavier Univ. of Louisiana (History)
Shay Welch, Spelman College (Philosophy)
Susan West, Delaware State Univ. (Philosophy)  

The American Historical Association is the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. Founded in 1884, the AHA has become a trusted voice for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life.

Founded in 1900, the American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.

To participate in the survey, follow this link. For more information, please email Julia Brookins at

Logo for the American Philosophical Association