Pizza, PechaKucha, and Pedagogy

Bontrager_Student Chitchat_thumbnailDr. Shannon Bontrager is a soon to be associate professor of history at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, Georgia. His research focuses on the cultural and political history of how Americans remember their war dead from the Civil War to the Great Depression. Once suspicious of PechaKucha, he has come to enjoy it as much as he enjoys pizza.

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Actions by the AHA Council, June 2014 – January 2015

Conducted via e-mail from June 25, 2014, to December 19, 2014, and at the Council Meeting on January 2 and 5, 2015.

Through e-mail conversation from June 25, 2014, to December 19, 2014, the Council of the American Historical Association made the following decisions or actions:

  • Approved the nomination of John Martin (Duke Univ.) to serve on the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review.
  • Issued a statement endorsing a bill proposed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to expand student loan forgiveness to adjunct faculty.

Interviewing in the Job Market in the 21st Century: Reflections after the Workshop

At 8:30 on Saturday morning, the Mercury Ballroom room was buzzing, and there wasn’t even any coffee.  The energy was generated by Interviewing in the Job Market in the 21st Century, a workshop organized by the AHA’s Professional Division, and co-sponsored by the Graduate and Early Career Committee and the Coordinating Council for Women in History.

The purpose of the workshop was to give job candidates in history the opportunity to learn about andCAM02512 talk with representatives from a wide variety of institutions.


AHA Hiring: Editor, Perspectives on History, and Marketing and Public Relations Manager

The AHA is pleased to announce two open positions, one for editor of Perspectives on History and the other for marketing and public relations manager, both ideal for qualified individuals looking for an opportunity to positively impact the history profession.

Editor, Perspectives on History

The editor of Perspectives on History will be responsible for all aspects of the editorial, production, and promotional work pertaining to Perspectives on History. The editor plays a central part in the AHA’s publications department, and this role is a vital aspect of the organization’s communication with its members and other important constituencies.

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.

AHA Member Spotlight: Catherine (Casey) Christensen

AHA members are involved in all fields of history, with wide-ranging specializations, interests, and areas of employment. To recognize our talented and eclectic membership, AHA Today features a regular AHA Member Spotlight series.

Catherine (Casey) Christensen is the academicMS_Christensen coordinator of the UCI History Project and a lecturer at the University of California, Irvine. She lives in Costa Mesa, California, and has been a member since 2003.

Alma maters: BA, UCLA, 1998; PhD, UC Irvine, 2009

Fields of interest: US West, women’s history, borderlands, race and sexuality.

New York History on the Annual Meeting Program

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Washing Day. 1900 by Detroit Photography. Photo courtesy of trialsanderrors, CC BY 2.0

New York is one of the world’s great iconic cities, with a rich and diverse history and a vibrant cultural landscape. While you are at the meeting, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about its history, either by attending sessions or by participating in the organized tours.

Sessions on the program focus on New York’s place in the Atlantic world, and the history of urban life, labor, race, and gender.