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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.

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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ACLS Award Recipients

The American Council of Learned Societies has named their 2014-2015 Fellows. Please join us in congratulating the following OAH members on their accomplishments!

Beth L. Bailey - Professor, History, Temple University
The U.S. Army and the Problem of Race, 1965-1985

Caitlin A. Fitz - Assistant Professor, History, Northwestern University
Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions

Brenna W. Greer - Assistant Professor, History, Wellesley College
Image Rights: Black Representation Politics and Civil Rights Work in the Postwar United States

Judith Weisenfeld - Professor, Religion, Princeton University
Apostles of Race: Religion and Black Racial Identity in the Urban North, 1920-1950

Rebecca Jo Plant - Associate Professor, History, University of California-San Diego
Child Soldiers: Militarism and American Youth

Jacob S. Dorman - Assistant Professor, History and American Studies, University of Kansas
Black Orientalism: Representing Islam in American Popular Culture and African American Religion

Adria L. Imada - Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of California-San Diego
Capturing Leprosy: The Medical Gaze in America's Tropical Empire

Margaret O'Mara - Associate Professor, History, University of Washington
Silicon Age: High Technology and the Reinvention of the United States, 1970-2000

Suzanne Kahn - Doctoral Candidate, History, Columbia University
Divorce and the Politics of the American Social Welfare Regime, 1969-2001

Matthew Kruer - Doctoral Candidate, History, University of Pennsylvania
The Susquehannock War: Native Americans, Bacon's Rebellion, and the Forging of the Convenant Chain

Kristina E. Poznan - Doctoral Candidate, History, College of William & Mary
Becoming Immigrant Nation-Builders: The Development of Austria-Hungary's National Projects in the United States, 1880s-1920s

Posted: July 15, 2014
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Jacoby, Engerman, Kelley, and Lepore are 2014 Guggenheim Fellows

Congratulations to OAH members receiving 2014 fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation! Among the 178 scholars in this year's class of fellows are Karl Jacoby, Columbia University; David Engerman, Brandies University; Robin D. Kelley, UCLA; and Jill Lepore, Harvard University.

Professors Jacoby, Kelley, and Engerman are also OAH Distinguished LecturersView the Guggenheim Fellows of 2014 >

Posted: April 22, 2014
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Hirota Honored by the Society for History in the Federal Government

Please join us in congratulating OAH member Hidetaka Hirota for receiving the 2014 James Madison Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for his article, "The Moment of Transition: State Officials, the Federal Government, and the Formation of American Immigration Policy." The article was published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of American History, and it received the 2012 Louis Pelzer Memorial Award from the OAH. Hirota is currently a Mellon Research Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University.

Posted: April 21, 2014
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Alan Taylor Awarded Second Pulitzer Prize

Alan TaylorOAH Executive Board Member and University of Virginia Professor Alan Taylor has won his second Pulitzer Prize for his book The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832 (W.W. Norton & Company). Taylor recently joined the faculty of University of Virginia after two decades of teaching at the University of California, Davis. Taylor has been a member of the OAH since 1990.

The book is a remarkable reconstruction of a story crucial to both our understanding of slavery and of the War of 1812. Taylor shows how enslaved African Americans in the Chesapeake helped British commanders who had come to the region to attack the United States. His richly detailed narrative reveals the intersection between local knowledge, which slaves possessed but invading soldiers and sailors lacked, and the struggle for supremacy on the eastern shores of North America—a region that the British still hoped to control a generation after the conclusion of the American Revolution. The slaves' actions, in Taylor's telling, went beyond assisting the enemy of the nation. Their hopes of encouraging the British to liberate them served to confirm Virginia planters' fears of an "internal enemy" and thereby made those planters more susceptible, when the time came, to the entreaties of other southern planters who eventually decided to leave the Union. Taylor masterfully puts the careful attention of a miniaturist to the service of a bold, sweeping historical narrative, drawing out the fine lines of individual slave families and planter society to the broader analysis of nineteenth-century American slavery in transatlantic context.

The book was also awarded the OAH Merle Curti Award for the best book published in American social history on April 12, 2014, at the OAH's 107th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted: April 15, 2014
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Alicia Dewey Recognized by Texas A&M University Press

PhD graduate Alicia Dewey received the Robert A. Calvert Book Prize for the best manuscript on the history of the American South, West or Southwest submitted in 2013 to Texas A&M University Press. Her book, Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940, is scheduled for publication in summer, 2014. Dewey earned her Ph.D in history at Southern Methodist University in 2007, and is currently an associate professor of history at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Posted: April 2, 2014
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OAH Members Receive 2013-2014 ACLS Fellowships

American Council of Learned SocietiesThe American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announced that OAH members Jacob S. Dorman (University of Kansas), and Margaret O'Mara (University of Washington) were awarded fellowships for 2013-2014. Dorman received the ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship for his project, "Black Orientalism: Representing Islam in American Popular Culture and African American Religion," and O'Mara received the ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for her work, "Silicon Age: High Technology and the Reinvention of the United States, 1970-2000." These two ACLS fellowship programs, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, support scholars who are embarking on ambitious, large-scale research projects at critical stages in their academic careers. Learn more by visiting ACLS online >

Posted: March 14, 2014
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OAH Members Awarded Prestigious Bancroft Prize in History

March 13, 2014. Columbia University announced today that two acclaimed works by OAH members will be awarded the 2014 Bancroft Prize.

Please join us in congratulating Ira Katznelson, Columbia University, and Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis. Katznelson is being recognized for his book, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time (Liveright Publishing Corporation / W.W. Norton & Company, 2013), and Kelman for his book, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard University Press, 2013).

Professor Katznelson is Columbia University's Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, and president of the Social Science Research Council. A graduate of Columbia College, he holds a PhD in History from Cambridge University. His books include Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time (2013), Liberal Beginnings: A Republic for the Moderns (2008; co-authored with Andreas Kalyvas), When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (2005), and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge After Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (2003).  

Professor Kelman is in the department of history at the University of California, Davis. In addition to A Misplaced Massacre, he is the author of A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans. Kelman's essays have appeared in Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Journal of American History, among others.

Congratulations Professors Katznelson and Kelman!

Read the complete story in the March 13, 2014 issue of Columbia University's On Campus blog.

Posted: March 14, 2014
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OAH Members Honored with Awards from the American Historical Association

Please join us in congratulating the following OAH members who were honored by awards and prizes from the American Historical Association. The awards were presented in January 2014.

Posted: January 10, 2014
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Andrew Sandoval-Strausz Named 2013 Historian of the Year by Historic Hotels of America

Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz, University of New Mexico, was named the 2013 Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year. Each year the Historic Hotels of America presents this award to an individual who makes a "unique contribution in the researching, explanation, or presentation of history and whose work has encouraged a wide discussion or greater understanding and enthusiasm for American history." Sandoval-Strausz, an OAH member and OAH Distinguished Lecturer, was presented with this honor at the 2013 annual awards ceremony of Historic Hotels of America in November.

Posted: December 9, 2013
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Guidotti-Hernández Receives Honor from MLA

The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) today announced it is awarding its tenth biennial MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies to OAH member, Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández, of the University of Texas, Austin, for her book Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries, published by Duke University Press.  The annual prize is awarded for an outstanding scholarly study of Latina or Latino or Chicana or Chicano literature or culture. 

Posted: December 3, 2013
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Glenn Speer Takes on "Party Leaders" in HNN Piece

OAH Member Glenn Speer, a freelance writer who holds a PhD in American History from the City University of New York, writes about presidents and vice presidents as "party leaders" in an article that appears on History News Network in October, 2014. Read more >

More information is available at: http://hnn.us/article/153578

Posted: October 23, 2013
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Linenthal to Lead Seminar

Edward T. Linenthal, editor of the Journal of American History and professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington, will lead a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar Program, “9/11 and American Memory,” July 6-12, 2014, at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York.

Posted: October 3, 2013
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Chalmers Publishes E-Text on the KKK

David Chalmers, distinguished professor of history emeritus at the University of Florida, has released his Notes on Writing the History of the Ku Klux Klan, 1866-1954 as a free e-Text through the University Press of Florida Orange Grove Texts. Download a copy today

Posted: October 3, 2013
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David Danbom Receives Honor

David Danbom, historian and retired history professor at North Dakota State University, will receive the College of Liberal Arts Honor Alumnus Distinguished Alumni Award from the Colorado State University Alumni Association. Danbom is a life member of the OAH, having joined in 1972.

Posted: September 19, 2013
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OAH Members Receive Davis Fellowships

The North Caroliniana Society has announced the granting of an Archie K. Davis Fellowship to the following OAH members: Richard Bell, University of Maryland; Antwain K. Hunter, Pennsylvania State University; John Patrick Riley, Binghamton University; and Evan C. Rothera, Pennsylvania State University. The Davis Fellowships assist scholars in their travel to sources of North Carolina history.

Posted: May 29, 2013
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Collier-Thomas Wins Temple University Research Award

Bettye Collier-Thomas, professor of history at Temple University, has won the 2013 Temple University Faculty Research Award for her book Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010). The award, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually.

Posted: May 13, 2013
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Logevall wins Pulitzer in History

Congratulations to OAH member Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in history for Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam (Random House).

Posted: April 30, 2013
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Sugrue Elected UHS President

Thomas J. Sugrue, David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected president of the Urban History Association for a two-year term (2013-14). A historian of the twentieth-century US, he is author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis, winner of the Bancroft Prize; Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North; and Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race. Sugrue will deliver his presidential address at the 2014 Urban History Association biennial conference in Philadelphia.

Posted: April 23, 2013
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