Author Archives: Elizabeth Elliott

About Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth provides support for the program and executive staff at the AHA, including assistance with projects, prizes and fellowships, committees, and ongoing operational work. In addition, Elizabeth produces content for the AHA Today blog, including the AHA Member Spotlight feature. She received a BA in history from Gettysburg College in 2013, with special interests in poetry and Civil War Era studies.

Reminder: AHA Research Grants Deadline is February 15th!

Applications will be accepted until February 15 for the 2015 AHA Research Grants: the Albert J. Beveridge Grant to support research in the history of the Western hemisphere; the Michael Kraus Grant to support research in colonial American history, with particular reference to the intercultural aspects of American and European relations; the Littleton-Griswold Grant to support research in U.S. legal history and the field of law and society; and the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant to support research in the history of Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Historians Writing Fiction outside the Academy: Elizabeth Elliott Reflects after the Session

Historians can take a wide variety of career paths, from policy to public history and beyond. The 129th annual meeting has already hosted many sessions showcasing the nontraditional career tracks many of our colleagues have chosen. “Historians Writing Fiction: Outside of the Academy,” held on Saturday morning in the Hilton’s Sutton Center, featured three successful fiction writers who decided to leave an academic trajectory to pursue their craft independently.

Andrea Cremer, author of the bestselling Nightshade series; David Coe, an award-winning fantasy writer; and Laura Kamoie, who writes romance and historical fiction under the pen name Laura Kaye, had all earned doctorates in history before deciding to pursue fiction writing full-time.

Session of the Week: Common Core

The Common Core State Standards Initiative seeks to establish consistent educational standards that ensure high school graduates are prepared for college or the workforce. In regards to the subject of history, Common Core skills emphasize mastery over analysis and writing rather than rote memorization of historical facts.

In this workshop, presenters from the California History-Social Science Project will demonstrate how to teach argumentative writing to students at the 5th, 8th, and 11th grade levels. The 5th-grade and 8th-grade lessons ask students to launch a historical investigation into the Boston Massacre.

Session of the Week: Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century

In an effort to highlight the diverse range of scholarship at the upcoming annual meeting, we’re featuring different sessions on the blog each week.

This year, the Professional Division of the AHA Council will again hold its annual workshop to provide advice to historians on the job market. Co-sponsored by the Graduate and Early Career Committee and the Coordinating Council for Women in History, Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twentieth Century will connect job seekers with volunteer interviewers and emphasize the broad range of career possibilities for history PhDs.