To go along with our ongoing AHA Member Spotlight, we have introduced an AHA Council Spotlight series featuring short interviews with our elected Council officers. Like our membership, the AHA Council is composed of historians with wide-ranging specializations, interests, and stories. We hope this feature will let our membership get to know their elected officials in a different way.
Andrew Rotter is a professor of history at Colgate University. He is currently a councilor in the AHA’s Professional Division and has been an AHA member since 1979.
To go along with our ongoing AHA Member Spotlight we have introduced an AHA Council Spotlight series featuring short interviews with our elected council officers. Like our membership, the AHA Council is composed of historians with wide-ranging specializations, interests, and stories. We hope this feature will let our membership get to know their elected officials in a different way.
The American Historical Association has joined a group of individual distinguished historians in signing an amicus brief in US v. Windsor, a case before the Supreme Court contesting the validity of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As is so often the case in legal contexts, the details can get lost in the swirl of broader issues and we want to clarify some important aspects of the AHA’s decision.
Starting this year, the eligibility dates for AHA book prizes will be aligned with the calendar year listed on the book’s copyright page. This decision follows careful consideration by the AHA Council.
In June, the AHA formally approved several policies proposed by the Professional Division related to hiring practices that are relevant to both members and nonmembers.
Best Practices on Transparency in Placement Records
The Professional Division (PD) has been concerned about graduate placement issues for a long time. In 2006, Anthony Grafton, who at the time was the vice president of the Professional Division, who was vice president of the Professional Division at the time, penned wrote a Perspectivesarticle that argued for public and easily accessible job placement records.
The American Historical Association voices concerns about recent developments in the debates over “open access” to research published in scholarly journals. The conversation has been framed by the particular characteristics and economics of science publishing, a landscape considerably different from the terrain of scholarship in the humanities. The governing Council of the AHA has unanimously approved the following statement. We welcome further discussion in the comment section below.
AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing
(4 September 2012)
Many members of the international scholarly and scientific community are justifiably concerned by a growing inequality of access to the fruits of their labors.