Author Archives: AHA Staff

What I Do: Aaron Marrs, US Department of State

As part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative, the AHA is producing and making available short videos of historians working in unusual places talking about what they do. The newest video features Aaron Marrs, historian at the Policy Studies Division in the US Department of State.

What I Do: Stephanie Young, Policy Analyst

As part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative, the AHA is producing and making available short videos of historians working in unusual places talking about what they do. The newest video features Stephanie Young, policy analyst at RAND Corporation, a nonprofit think tank with offices in California and Washington, DC.

Few historians imagine that their research skills would prepare them to spend three months in Afghanistan doing research and supporting the staff of the US military forces. Indeed, it’s a work environment far from a traditional archive.

What I Do: Ramona Houston, Entrepreneur and Activist-Scholar

As part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative, the AHA is producing and making available short videos of historians working in unusual places talking about what they do. The newest video features Ramona Houston, entrepreneur and activist-scholar.

Now That’s What I Call History: Introducing the AHA Summer Mixtape

Mixtapes contained tiny archives. In the heyday of the portable cassette—which overlapped with King Vinyl before the great extinction-by-compact-disc of the 1980s—they allowed DJs and freestyle rappers to circulate their work to a micropublic. Unlike Grateful Dead concert bootlegs (which also united a public), mixtapes put individual virtuosity at the center of their aesthetic. As cassettes saturated suburban bedrooms and tape decks became fixtures in cars, young music fans created mixtapes for their own pleasure and to exchange with peers. Today, hip-hop artists still drop mixtapes (making new tracks or remixes available for download), and cassettes are fixtures in many prisons.

Announcing the Winners of the 2016 AHA Today Blog Contest

The AHA is pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 AHA Today Blog Contest. Over the course of the summer, each of these historians will be writing for AHA Today about the archival research process and historical documents relevant to their dissertations.

Seminar from the Institute for Constitutional History: Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic Constitutionalism

UPDATE: The new deadline for this seminar is 9/15

The Institute for Constitutional History is pleased to announce another seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty: Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic Constitutionalism. This seminar will survey Thomas Jefferson’s career as a lawyer, statesman, and political and constitutional theorist. We will explore Jefferson’s thought about provincial and state as well as imperial and federal constitutions, with a particular focus on his evolving conceptions of natural rights and justice, citizenship, property rights, and slavery. Assigned readings in primary documents will illuminate his collaboration and quarrels with fellow founders, including James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Marshall; selected secondary sources will introduce participants to the legal and constitutional history of the early American Republic.

EXCLUSIVE: AHA Launches Social Networking App for Historians!

The American Historical Association is proud to announce the debut of TWEEDER™. Available exclusively to AHA members, TWEEDER™ is a powerful digital tool that can be used for communication and collaboration. Or not.

Want to Write for the AHA? Apply Today to Become a Summer Blogger!

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. Many historians have turned to blogging to reach a broad public, and the success of historical writing online demonstrates a certain hunger for historians’ point of view.

The AHA is seeking two aspiring graduate-student bloggers, each to write a series of posts on historical documents from their research projects.