Author Archives: Debbie Doyle

About Debbie Doyle

Debbie Ann Doyle is the AHA’s coordinator of committees and meetings.

She works closely with the Program Committee and the Local Arrangements Committee. She often uses the blog to highlight events at the annual meeting and demystify the process of organizing the meeting and developing the program.

Debbie also writes about professional issues, based on her work with AHA committees exploring a range of issues across the discipline. She works with the Research Division, the Professional Division, the Committee on Women Historians, the Committee on Minority Historians, the Graduate and Early Career Committee, the Advisory Committee on Disability, and the LGBTQ Historians Task Force. She has also staffed task forces on public history and two-year and community college faculty. She is responsible for public history matters and often writes about issues in the field.

Debbie also posts occasionally to alert members of upcoming opportunities to apply for the Association’s book prizes, fellowships, and awards.

Debbie received her PhD in American history from American University in August 2003, a master’s degree from American University in 1993, and her BA in history from Clark University in 1990. Her dissertation explored the history of tourism and mass culture in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Her research interests include urban history, the history of tourism, gender history, and public history.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Annual Meeting, but Were Afraid to Ask

First time at the annual meeting? Not sure what to expect? Wondering how to get the most out of the experience? The AHA’s Graduate and Early-Career Committee invites you to an orientation session on Thursday, January 3, from 4–5 p.m. in the New Orleans Marriott’s Preservation Hall, Studio 10.

To ensure that the session covers the questions that matter most to participants, the committee invites you to ask questions via social media. We will be sure that your questions are answered.

The Committee on Women Historians Invites You to a Discussion of Gender Issues in the Historical Profession

Immediately following the women’s breakfast on Saturday, January 5, the Committee on Women Historians invites all interested AHA members to a brainstorming session to help think through the question of the mission of the CWH as we go forward. In a conversation started after last year’s breakfast, colleagues raised a number of issues of concern. Although many gender inequities in our discipline appear to have diminished and the history of women, gender, and sexuality has become well established in most departments, it is clear that balancing “work” and “life” remains difficult and harassment continues to be a problem.

Expanding the Career Horizons of History PhDs

The tremendous response to Anthony Grafton and Jim Grossman’s article “No More Plan B” revealed that there is intense interest among our members in discussing the full ranges of career paths open to history PhDs.

To continue the conversation, the Professional Division organized a mini-conference at the annual meeting in New Orleans entitled The Malleable PhD. The sessions bring together PhDs happily employed in a variety of contexts. Their jobs include public history, academic administration, business, the federal government, consulting firms, digital history, and university presses.

Download the Free Meeting App!

AHA 2013 app homepage

The free meeting app for the American Historical Association’s 127th Annual Meeting is now available.

  • Access program and exhibitor information on the go
  • Plan your schedule
  • Access useful local information
  • Receive important updates

The AHA 2013 app is available as a free download from the Apple and Android app stores and as a mobile and desktop web app. Download the app today!

iPhone and iPad: Download from the Apple Store
Android: Download from the Android Market
Mobile Web: Download mobile web version
Desktop: Access the desktop version

Or search for “AHA Meeting” at the Apple Store or the Android Market.

It Is Not Too Late to Sign Up for a Tour at the Annual Meeting

Tickets are still available for several of the AHA tours. If you have already registered for the meeting, you can add a ticket to an existing registration by calling 508-743-0510.

Historians interested in urban history, architecture, and historic preservation shouldn’t miss the tour of the Lower Garden District and the Irish Channel led by Jane S. Brooks, professor of historic preservation at the University of New Orleans, and an expert on preservation in the Crescent City. The Garden District is famous for its Classic Revival, Italianate, and Victorian mansions.

Bring Your Graduate Students to the Women’s Breakfast—Discounted Tickets Available!

For nearly 40 years, the AHA’s Committee on Women Historians (CWH) has sponsored an annual networking breakfast for women historians and anyone with an interest in gender history.

The committee encourages graduate advisors to bring their students to the meeting and introduce them to their future colleagues. To facilitate student participation, we are offering deeply discounted breakfast tickets for graduate student members of the AHA. If you have a student who will be attending the annual meeting, why not offer to cover the price of their ticket?

Join Your Fellow Historians at the 106th Annual Jackson Day Race!

Historians attending the annual meeting are invited to participate in the 106th annual Jackson Day Race on Sunday, January 6, starting at 8:30 a.m. Both runners and walkers are welcome!

The 9 K (5.6 mile) race from Old Spanish Fort on the bank of Bayou St. John to Jackson Square in the French Quarter roughly follows the route that Lafitte’s pirates took in responding to the call of Major General Andrew Jackson for reinforcements preceding the 1815 Battle of New Orleans.

Now Accepting Proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting

The electronic system for submitting proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC is now available online. Submissions must be complete by February 15, 2013.

Before starting to enter a proposal, session organizers should review the Call for Proposals and the Annual Meeting Guidelines. A list of information required to submit a complete proposal is on the website.

Still confused? Email