Author Archives: Jennifer Reut

About Jennifer Reut

Jennifer Reut is the former associate editor of Perspectives on History.

Jennifer writes and edits news items and articles for the print and online versions of Perspectives on History and AHA Today. She writes primarily about events and news affecting museums, monuments, and archives; young academics and contingent faculty; the digital humanities; and members and affiliated societies.

Jennifer has taught and practiced in historic preservation and architectural history, with a particular focus on the post-World War II American landscape, for the last 10 years. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MA and PhD in architectural history from the University of Virginia. Before returning to graduate school to study architectural history, she worked in publishing and interactive advertising in New York for 12 years. Jennifer counts the Society of Architectural Historians, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and the Cultural Landscape Foundation among her favored professional affiliations outside the AHA.

Interior of the U.S. Supreme Court, Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

AHA Roundtables on SCOTUS Decisions in Special Summer Online Issue of Perspectives on History

As we have often tried to demonstrate, we at the AHA believe that public discourse on any topic benefits from historical context and historical thinking. In that spirit, we’re rolling out a series of AHA Roundtables on two of the significant Supreme Court decisions handed down this summer. We have asked a group of historians to comment on these opinions, and we’ll be posting their responses over the next two weeks.

Interior of the U.S. Supreme Court, Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

First up is Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Photo Credit: Jeff Tinsley, Smithsonian Institution

A Historian’s Guide to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

For longtime Washingtonians, the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival is a beloved tradition, one that demonstrates what’s best about our public support of the cultural arts, history, and education while also providing arguably the best time to be had all summer.


Summer Tips for Visiting Archives

Few things can compare with the rich and rewarding hours spent in the archives, gingerly thumbing through documents and reading the historical record. With summer upon us, many historians will be heading to far-flung archives, but with access limited by recent budget cuts, it’s particularly important to carefully plan your trip well in advance. With this in mind, we put together a list of tips for researching in the archives this summer, with generous insights from colleagues like Claire Potter and Kate Theimer, blogger at ArchivesNext.

Writing Tips for Summer Break

A few weeks ago, I ran into a senior colleague who mentioned she was off to Yaddo for seven weeks to finish her book. I was delighted to hear that she’d successfully made the case to Yaddo that historians belong at a writer’s colony, traditionally the dominion of poets, playwrights, and fiction writers. Writing history is both an intensely intellectual and profoundly creative endeavor, but this claim often draws quizzical looks from playwrights and other “traditional” creative writers.

Four AHA members among the 2013 Newcombe Dissertation


Since 1981, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship has recognized outstanding doctoral work in the areas of religion and ethics. Administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the award, which carries a $25,000 stipend, is for full-time dissertation writing for PhD candidates at American universities in the US.


Performing History: A PechaKucha Night in Buffalo

In the middle of an inauspiciously cold, wet week in Buffalo, New York, the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) planned something a little different for its annual meeting this April. On Friday night, after a full day of sessions, meetings, and tours, a crowd of academics, architects, local activists, and students munched on tacos from the food truck parked outside and sipped beer from a makeshift bar in the darkened nave of Asbury Hall, a 19th-century church designed by John Selkirk and restored by musician and activist Ani Di Franco.

Jean-Baptiste Michel on The Mathematics of History

TED Talks You Should Be Watching

We know TED as the slightly hipper-than-thou conference of short public talks about ideas and innovation with a high WOW quotient. With its strong focus on science and technology and, to a lesser extent, art and education, it can sometimes be hard for historians to find themselves and their concerns reflected. To help out, we’ve culled the TED archives to find 10 talks that historians should at least know about, and maybe even watch.

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Martin Scorsese Gives the 42nd Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

Walking into the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts always lends an event a kind of grandeur that can’t be borrowed. The long walk down the capacious Hall of Nations empties out into the Grand Foyer where the giant bust of Kennedy presides, and from there the gleaming Carrara marble of the River Terrace reflects expansive views overlooking the Potomac.