• Historicizing the Legitimacy of LGBTQ History

    by Marc Stein

    The AHA's newsletters reveal a protracted and frequently bitter debate about the boundaries of the discipline as scholars in the early 1970s worked to establish gay and lesbian people and communities as subjects of study. 

  • Two Cheers for Presentism

    by David A. Bell

    Now that the dust has settled over the AHA President's controversial essay, it's time to consider more carefully how the present informs the work of historians, and how to do "presentism" right. 

  • AHA Webinar: History Behind the Headlines in Ukraine (March 4)

    David Engerman moderates a panel discussion of the histories of Russia and Ukraine, the impact of the end of the Cold War on relations between the nations, and how to understand the invasion in context. Of particular interest to students and teachers. 

  • AHA, OAH File SCOTUS Amicus Brief in Mississippi Abortion Ban Case

    This brief, based on decades of study and research by professional historians, aims to provide an accurate historical perspective as the Court considers the state of Mississippi’s challenge to a woman’s right to abortion, a right that was affirmed by the Court in Roe v. Wade.

  • CRT Debate "Abstract and Uninformed," Says AHA President

    by Jacqueline Jones

    "CRT does not explain all of American history; rather, it provides insights into why achieving the ideals enshrined in the Founders’ declaration that “all men are created equal” has been so elusive over the centuries."

  • Townhouse Notes: The Shoulder We Cry On

    by Ashley E. Bowen

    In times of crisis, historians are tempted to enter into a forward-looking task of placing current grief in a narrative of progress. They cannot forget that their primary role is to make us uncomfortable with what we think we know about the past. 

  • Webinar: Teaching Assistants in the Time of COVID

    Join an AHA sponsored webinar on the challenges facing graduate teaching assistants in remote, hybrid, and in-person classes during COVID. October 22, 2:00 PM Eastern

  • Trump is Afraid of Honest History

    by James Grossman

    Trump's proposal for a "1776 Commission" suggests that history teachers should be cheerleaders, reducing the nation’s complex past to a simplistic and inaccurate narrative of unique virtue and perpetual progress.


    The American Historical Association has canceled its annual meeting in January 2021; the organization will work to develop virtual programming in the next several months. 

  • Remote Teaching Wiki

    Here, historians who have resources useful for remote teaching can share them, and those racing to adapt courses can search for materials instead of working from scratch. 


    The American Historical Association recently announced 37 winners of its annual research grants. 

  • The AHA, Historians, and COVID-19

    by James Grossman

    AHA President James Grossman says that as historians, we work hard to understand people—the people we study and the people we teach, in the classroom and beyond. This perspective will inform the AHA's efforts to help historians affected by this emergency.

  • Responsibility and Civility: The Unwritten Essentials

    by Mary Lindemann

    Critical to the prospering of any academic group are the unwritten expectations that underlie and ground its workings. When they’re observed, organizations prosper; when they’re disregarded, things go terribly wrong.

  • Lawsuit: Ice Must Not Destroy Detainee Records

    NARA approved ICE’s request to begin destroying the records in December 2019, despite ongoing concerns and reports of widespread mistreatment of individuals detained in ICE custody.

  • AHA Publishes 2020 Jobs Report

    by Dylan Ruediger

    New History PhDs Awarded Continue to Decline as Academic Job Market Remains Flat