Author Archives: AHA

About AHA

The American Historical Association (AHA) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The AHA provides leadership for the profession, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain and enhance the work of its members. The association’s principal functions fall within four realms: publication, teaching, advocacy, and networking. As the largest historical society in the United States, the AHA serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area. The nearly 14,000 members include academics at universities, two- and four-year colleges, museums, historical organizations, libraries and archives, but also independent historians, students, K–12 teachers, government and business professionals, and countless people who, whatever their profession, possess an abiding interest in history.

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AHA Member Receives National Book Critics Circle Award

David Brion Davis, founding director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction for his book

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Announcing the AHA Today Blog Contest!

A key skill for 21st-century historians, whether they work in the professoriate, public history, government, publishing, or beyond, is the ability to communicate through a variety of media to different audiences. 

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AHA Signs Amicus Curiae on Same-Sex Marriage

The Council of the American Historical Association signed onto an amicus curiae brief received from AHA member Nancy Cott (Harvard Univ.) in the case of Obergefell, et. al. v. Beshear, Gov. of Kentucky regarding whether states can prohibit same-sex marriage

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2015 AHA Nominations

The Nominating Committee for 2015–16, chaired by Takashi Fujitani (University of Toronto), met in Washington, DC, on February 6 and 7 and offers the following candidates for offices of the Association