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Clio's Kudos highlights personal and professional achievements of OAH members (e.g, degrees, academic appointments, awards and prizes, research and publication, retirements, etc.) Please submit your announcement using this form.

OAH Member Rebecca Jo Plant Named Recipient of the 2016 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize

OAH member Rebecca Jo Plant and her co-author, Frances Clarke, have received the 2016 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize, given annually by the Association of Black Women Historians. Their article, "'The Crowning Insult': Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s," appeared in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of American History. The OAH congratulates Professors Plant and Clarke on their accomplishment.

Posted: October 14, 2016
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Rebecca Jo Plant Named as 2015 Recipient of Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Article Prize

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians has chosen OAH member Rebecca Jo Plant, along with her co-author Frances Clarke, as the 2015 recipients of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historian's Article Prize for their article "The Crowning Insult': Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s," published in by the Journal of American History 102: 2 (September 2015). This prize is given annually for "an article in the fields of the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality".

In making the award, the Prize Committee, chaired by Dr. Jennifer Nelson (University of Redlands), noted in their citation:

Plant and Clarke highlight the decline in African American status in interwar years, focusing on the "largely forgotten ... discriminatory treatment" of mothers and widows of fallen United States soldiers. The federal government-sponsored segregated pilgrimages to Europe from 1930 to 1933 to visit the bodies of their fallen kin became part of an emotionally fraught debate over the limitations of citizenship rights of African Americans, claims of which had pivoted on notions of masculinity. Pressured to boycott the pilgrimages, the "so-called ordinary women" were "forced ...to weigh powerful appeals to racial solidarity against deeply felt personal commitments and desires," which often "signaled their independence from black leaders." The article prize committee believes that Plant and Clark compellingly give historical voice to African American women seldom heard from and whose perspectives "harbor[ed] dreams of a radically transformed society."

Posted: May 27, 2016
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New Documentary Examines the Desert Training Center

A new documentary, Sands of War, that examines the Desert Training Center, established by General George Patton in the Mojave Desert to train soldiers to fight in northern Africa in World War II will be airing this Memorial Day. Check your local PBS station for times. OAH Member and Distinguished Lecturer David Kennedy appears in the film. Learn More about the Documentary Here

Posted: May 19, 2016
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OAH Members Received Awards at 2016 AHA's Annual Meeting

We would like to congratulate the following OAH members who received awards at the 2016 American Historical Association's Annual Meeting last month.

Posted: February 1, 2016
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A. K. Sandoval-Strausz Awarded Three Scholarly Awards for JAH Article

UNM Associate Professor of History and OAH member A. K. Sandoval-Strausz has won three scholarly prizes for his article "Latino Landscapes: Postwar Cities and the Transnational Origins of a New Urban America," which was published last December in the Journal of American History.

The Urban History Association awarded Sandoval-Strausz the 2015 Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article in a Scholarly Journal. "The insights of this essay," noted the official commendation, "will provoke valuable new research in years to come, potentially shaping the field of urban history as fundamentally as Kenneth Jackson and Arnold Hirsch thirty years ago."

The article also won the 2015 Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History which is awarded to the best scholarly article in the field written in the previous two years.

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Posted: December 9, 2015
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Eric Schlereth Named as 2015 Recipient of Ray Allen Billington Prize

The Western History Association has chosen OAH member Eric Schlereth as the 2015 recipient of the Ray Allen Billington Prize for his article "Privileges of Locomotion: Expatriation and the Politics of Border Crossing," published in by the Journal of American History (March 2014). This prize is given annually for the best article (essay of 10,000 words or less) on Western history published in any journal other than the Western Historical Quarterly.

The Awards Banquet will be held Friday, October 23rd in Portland, OR during the 55th Annual Conference of the WHA.  If you have not registered for the 2015 WHA conference, you can do so at www.westernhistory.org/conferences

Posted: November 17, 2015
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Constitutional Scholar Maeva Marcus to Edit Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise Supreme Court History Series

The Library of Congress and the Permanent Committee of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise announce the appointment of OAH member Maeva Marcus as the general editor of the "Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States." Marcus, a constitutional scholar with special expertise in the history of the United States Supreme Court, is the third person to serve as editor in the publication's 60-year history.

Holmes, who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1902 to 1932, left a donation (devise) in his will—later augmented by Congress—to document and disseminate the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise was established by Congress in 1955 to administer the fund and oversee the project. To date, 10 volumes have been published and three others have been commissioned, covering the period 1789 to 1976. The next volume, covering the Earl Warren court, will be published by Cambridge Press in 2017.

Marcus is the founding director of the Institute for Constitutional History at the New-York Historical Society and George Washington University Law School, where she is also Research Professor of Law. The institute enlists leading scholars to offer seminars to graduate students, junior faculty, journalists, and interested laypeople on key issues in American constitutional history.

She served as editor of the eight-volume "Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-1800" (Columbia University Press, 1985-2007), which is regularly cited in opinions by judges throughout the federal court system. She is also co-editor of the Cambridge University Press series "Studies on the American Constitution." She is the author of "Truman and the Steel Seizure Case: The Limits of Presidential Power" (Columbia University Press, 1977), as well as numerous essays on constitutional, legal and judicial history. Professor Marcus has also served as an OAH distinguished lecturer for the last 14 years. 

A member of the Permanent Committee of the Holmes Devise from 2001 to 2009, Marcus has served as president of the American Society for Legal History and now serves as historian of the Historical Society of the D.C. Circuit. Marcus earned her Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

Marcus was appointed general editor of the Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court by former Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who served as chair (ex officio) of the Permanent Committee until his retirement on Sept. 30, 2015. Marcus succeeds Stanley N. Katz, president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies and professor of public and international affairs at Princeton University, who has served a co-general editor of the Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court from 1978 to 1989 and as general editor from 1990 to 2015. He will continue to advise the Permanent Committee as general editor emeritus.

The Permanent Committee has five members, including the Librarian of Congress and four presidentially appointed members, who each may serve an eight-year term. Current members are Rachel Moran, dean of the University of California at Los Angeles Law School; Linda Kerber, a past president of the American Historical Association and Harmswoth Professor at Oxford University; and Les Benedict, professor emeritus at Ohio State University. One position is vacant.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's first-established federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its website at loc.gov.

Posted: November 17, 2015
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The Immigration History Research Center Expands Immigrant Stories Digital Storytelling Project

The Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota (directed by OAH Member Erika Lee) is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to expand its Immigrant Stories Digital Storytelling Project nationally! This extremely competitive grant provides $324,121 to the IHRC over two years to foster humanities research, technological innovation in the digital humanities, and public dialogue around immigration. It empowers recent immigrants and refugees with digital storytelling tools to document, preserve, and share their own experiences with the wider American public. These multimedia stories - which are preserved and made publicly available through the IHRC Archives, the Minnesota Digital Library, and the Digital Public Library of America - are rich sources that help us understand how immigration is changing America today. The 150+ stories already collected represent over 40 groups and are great resources for teaching, research, and community engagement.

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Posted: July 29, 2015
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2015 ACLS Fellowship Recipients

The Organization of American Historians would like to recognize our members who have recieved an ACLS Fellowship in 2015.

Brooke L. Blower / Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship
Associate Professor, History, Boston University
Hidden Fronts: New American Histories of World War II

Kate Brown / ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship
Professor, History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Chernobyl Revisited: An Historical Inquiry into the Practice of Knowing

Dorothy Sue Cobble / ACLS Fellowship
Professor, History Department, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
American Feminism: A Transnational History

Brian J. Cuddy / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, History, Cornell University
Wider War: American Force in Vietnam, International Law, and the Transformation of Armed Conflict,

Megan French-Marcelin / ACLS Public Fellows Program
Instructor, Urban Studies, Barnard College
Appointed as Policy Research Manager, American Civil Liberties Union

Françoise Hamlin / Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship
Associate Professor, Africana Studies & History, Brown University
Freedom's Cost: Children and Youth in the Black Freedom Struggle

Cecilia Márquez / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, History, University of Virginia
The Strange Career of Juan Crow: Latino/as, African Americans, and the Making of the U.S. South,

Kathy Peiss / ACLS Fellowship
Professor, History, University of Pennsylvania
The Collecting Missions of World War II

Posted: July 28, 2015
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Former OAH Executive Director Selected as a Winner of the 2015 Lillian Smith Book Awards

Former OAH Executive Director Lee Formwalt's book, Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Southwest Georgia Freedom Struggle, 1814-2014 has been selected as a winner of the 2015 Lillian Smith Book Awards. The Lillian Smith Book Awards are sponsored by the Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries. Dr. Formwalt's book was published last year by the Albany Civil Rights Institute and the Georgia Humanities Council.

Posted: July 14, 2015
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OAH Members Named as Dean at Shoreline Community College and appointed Policy Research Manager with the American Civil Liberties Union

Amy Kinsel has been named Dean of Social Sciences, Library and Parent Child Center, at Shoreline Community College. Read more here.

Megan French-Marcelin, PhD, U.S. History, Columbia University, has been appointed Policy Research Manager with the American Civil Liberties Union as part of the ACLS Public Fellows program. Read more here.

Posted: June 5, 2015
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OAH Members Honored as Pulitzer Prize Winner and Finalist

OAH member Elizabeth A. Fenn, an associate professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, has received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in history for her work, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People (2014). Fenn's study explores the history of the Mandans, a Native American tribe in the Dakotas. She holds the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Chair in Western American History. Fenn is also the coauthor, with Peter H. Wood, of Natives and Newcomers: The Way We Lived in North Carolina before 1770 (1983) and the author of the award-winning Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 (2001).

Sven Beckert, also an OAH member, was nominated as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014), which argues that slavery was crucial to the dynamism of the industrial revolution. He is the Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University.

Please join us in congratulating OAH members Fenn and Beckert on their accomplishments!

Posted: May 1, 2015
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OAH Members in the News

Congratulations to the three current OAH members who have been named ACLS Fellows for 2014-2015!

OAH member and University of Vermont Associate Professor of History Felicia Kornbluh is featured in a video on the significance of the 1964 New York World's Fair and the civil rights protest that took place on its opening day. Watch "Forgotten Conflict" here.

Posted: April 25, 2015
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OAH Lecturer Sven Beckert Awarded 2015 Bancroft Prize

OAH member and lecturer Sven Beckert has been awarded the 2015 Bancroft Prize for his book, Empire of Cotton: A Global History. The Bancroft Prize is an annual award given out by Columbia University. The candidates "are judged in terms of the scope, significance, depth of research, and richness of interpretation they present in the areas of American history and diplomacy."

For more information on Professor Beckert's book and for more information on the Bancroft Prize, click here.

Posted: April 17, 2015
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Two OAH Members to be Recognized as 2015 National Women's History Month Honorees

Dr. Darlene Clark Hine and Professor Vicki L. Ruiz will be recognized as 2015 National Women's History Month Honorees by the National Women's History Project. Dr. Hine is a pioneering scholar in the field of African American women's history. Professor Ruiz is a historian of 20th century U.S. history specializing in Chicana/Chicano studies, Latina history, oral narratives, gender studies, and labor history. From the National Women's History Project website, "The 2015 (NWHM) Honorees were chosen for their pioneering leadership and accomplishments in researching and sharing the details of women's lives. Their achievements -- individually and collectively -- have been essential in weaving the amazing and courageous stories of women's lives into the colorful fabric of our nation's history."

Posted: March 9, 2015
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OAH Member Yuksel Atillasoy Publishes Book on Turkish Republic

OAH member Yuksel Atillasoy has published the book, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk: First President and Founder of the Turkish Republic and the Turkish War for Independence (2009). Atillasoy previously published Directory of the Fifty States: Puerto Rico and District of Columbia (2002) and Directory of American Presidents (2001). All three titles are available from Amazon.

Posted: January 29, 2015
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OAH Member John Dichtl Named New President of AASLH

We congratulate OAH member John Dichtl on his new position as the President/Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of State and Local History. He assumes his new duties on May 1, 2015.

Posted: January 26, 2015
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Michael David Cohen Wins Linda Eisenmann Prize

Michael David Cohen, OAH member and research assistant professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has won the 2014 Linda Eisenmann Prize from the History of Education Society for his book Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War (University of Virginia Press, 2012). This award is given biennially for an outstanding work by a junior scholar on the history of higher education in the United States.

For More Information: http://history.utk.edu/2014/10/23/michael-cohen-wins-eisenmann-prize/

Posted: October 24, 2014
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Michael David Cohen Wins Critics' Choice Book Award

OAH member Michael David Cohen has won the 2014 Critics' Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association for his book Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War (University of Virginia Press, 2012).

The awards committee describes Cohen's book as "an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the Social Foundations of Education field." It is the first book to explore the immediate and long-term impact of the Civil War on colleges. Cohen, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2008, is research assistant professor of history and assistant editor of the Correspondence of James K. Polk at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Posted: August 26, 2014
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President Obama Honors Three OAH Past Presidents with National Humanities Medals

(Bloomington, Indiana) On Monday, President Barack Obama will present National Humanities Medals to historians David Brion Davis, Darlene Clark Hine, and Anne Firor Scott. All three honorees have served the Organization of American Historians (OAH) as president and are lifetime members. "We join all Americans in applauding the contributions these three individuals have made to their areas of research, and we thank them for their legacy of support to OAH," said Patricia Limerick, OAH President.

Being recognized are:

David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University, and founder and Director Emeritus of Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Davis, a member of the OAH since 1956 and currently a lifetime member, served as OAH president from 1988-1989. He is being awarded the medal for "shedding light on the contradiction of a free Nation built by forced labor, and his examinations of slavery and abolitionism." Upon recieving this recognition, Davis noted: "I am deeply honored to join two other OAH past presidents in recieving the National Humanities Medal."

Darlene Clark Hine is Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Hine served as OAH President from 2001-2002 and has served on numerous committees at the OAH. She has been a member since 1974 and also is a lifetime member of the organization. Hine is receiving the National Humanities Medal for "enriching our understanding of the African American experience. Through prolific scholarship and leadership, Dr. Hine has examined race, class, and gender and shown how the struggles and successes of African American women shaped the National we share today." Named in her honor, the Darlene Clark Hine Award is given annually by the OAH to the author of the best book in African American women's and gender history.

Anne Firor Scott is the W.K. Boyd Professor of History Emerita at Duke University. Scott, a member of OAH since 1970, served as its President from 1983-1984 and was awarded the organization's Distinguished Service Award in 2002. Each year, the OAH awards the Lerner-Scott Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women's history. The award is named after Scott and the late Gerda Lerner, a prominent women's historian. The National Humanities Medal is being awarded to her for "pioneering the study of southern women. Through groundbreaking research spanning ideology, race, and class, Dr. Scott's uncharted exploration into the lives of southern women has established women's history as vital to our understanding of the American South." Scott is likewise a lifetime member of the OAH, having first joined the association in 1970.

Prior to traveling to the ceremony, Firor Scott recounted a story and valuable advice. Her daughter Rebecca Scott writes, "As you know, the large-scale drafting of men during World War II opened up unusual opportunities for women. In the summer of 1943, the 22-year-old Anne Firor, from Athens, Georgia, was among the 30 women and 5 men chosen for an internship sponsored by the National Institute for Public Affairs, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. They were to take on various tasks in the federal government in Washington, D.C., whose male population had been diminished by wartime service overseas. In the fall of 1943 Eleanor Roosevelt invited the group to the White House for conversation. Now, at age 93, Anne Firor Scott firmly reminds young women of the next generations: 'Whenever someone opened a door of opportunity for me, I just stepped right through it.'"

The medals ceremony will be live-streamed at 3 pm ET on Monday, July 28 at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/live. The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has "deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities." For more information on these awards, visit http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2014-07-22.

Posted: July 25, 2014
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