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OAH Executive Board Endorses Revisions to Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment Standards

At its 2011 spring meeting on March 17-20, the OAH Executive Board endorsed standards and "best practices" developed by the OAH Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment (CPACE) prescribing how colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education should employ and utilize non-tenured and non-tenure-track history faculty.

At its spring meeting in 2014, the OAH Executive Board endorsed the CPACE's revisions to the standards which are designed to more clearly distinguish teaching from nonteaching contingent historians, andindicate "best practices" that apply specifically to nonteaching contingent historians. Read more >

Posted: May 7, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Spring 2014

At its spring 2014 meeting held at the Hilton Atlanta on April 10, the OAH Executive Board took actions on its agenda including approving minutes from its fall 2013 meeting, endorsing the new membership magazine, The American Historian, approving the new publishing agreement with Oxford University Press, approving the organization's fiscal year 2015 budget, and more. Read the full list of action items > 

Posted: April 28, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


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. Read more >

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Posted: April 22, 2014
Tagged: Clio's Kudos, News of the Organization


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." Read more >

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Posted: April 21, 2014
Tagged: Clio's Kudos, News of the Organization


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. Read more >

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Posted: April 15, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, Clio's Kudos


"U.S. History Textbooks Today and Tomorrow" is Our Editor's Choice Selection for March 2014

Editors ChoiceDebates over what belongs in U.S. history textbooks have long reflected conflicts over whose stories belong at the center of the national narrative. Especially for K–12 textbooks, those conflicts have mirrored concerns about the cultural and political cultivation of young citizens. The Journal of American History recently convened a "virtual" panel of textbook authors, college teachers, and a publisher to discuss the present and future of U.S. history college textbooks. Read the current installment of "Textbooks and Teaching," which is our "Editor's Choice" selection for March 2014.  

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Posted: March 14, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Open Discourse and Academic Freedom

From the OAH President. In his February 2014 column in OAH Outlook, OAH President Alan M. Kraut stresses the importance of open scholarly discourse when historians debate the issues surrounding important subjects. Read more >

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Posted: February 18, 2014
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Organization, News of the Profession


2014 OAH Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2014 OAH Election. Officers: OAH President, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Center of the American West, Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder; OAH President-Elect, Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies, Yale University; and Adjunct Research Professor of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and OAH Vice President, Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University, and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. More results >

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Posted: February 7, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


Explore the 2014 OAH Annual Meeting Program

2014 OAH Annual Meeting ProgramThe Organization of American Historians invites you to its 106th annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, April 10-13.

The premier event for students, teachers, and scholars of American history, the meeting will provide attendees with an invaluable educational experience that includes more than 200 sessions that cover the latest scholarship in US history. Browse the meeting program and make your plans to attend today!

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Posted: February 5, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


Call for Proposals: 2015 OAH Annual Meeting, St. LouisSt Louis

The program committee is now accepting proposals for the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 16-19. The theme for the meeting is "taboos" in history.  Proposals will be accepted through January 24View additional information > 

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Posted: January 22, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


Severe Weather Closes OAH Offices

Due to extremely cold winter temperatures in Southern Indiana, the OAH offices will remain closed through Tuesday, January 6. Read more > 

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Posted: January 6, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Releases 2013 Annual Report

The OAH is pleased to share with you its 2013 OAH Annual Report. The annual report includes reports from the president, executive director, executive editor, and treasurer, as well as updates from major departments and programs within the organization. Read more >

Posted: December 19, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Executive Board Issues Statement on Dissertation Embargoes

At its fall meeting in Atlanta, Georgia November 16-17, 2013, the executive board of the Organization of American Historians discussed the issue of temporary "embargoes" on newly completed PhD dissertations. Subsequent to its meeting, the board issued a statement. Read report >

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Posted: December 17, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Recognized for Innovative Marketing Plan

The  recognized the OAH at its 2013 STAR Awards Ceremony on December 12 for the best "Innovative Membership Marketing Program" for an Indiana association. The award was given for our program to recruit student and younger members into the organization. The program includes the new OAH sponsored membership program, the development of several career tools--including the Career COACH® (Creating Opportunities for Advancing our Community of Historians) Web site--the recent mentorship program, as well as new member benefits.

Posted: December 17, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Fall 2013

At its fall 2013 meeting held at the Hilton Atlanta on November 16-17, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions. Read report >

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Posted: December 13, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Executive Board Issues Statement on Dissertation Embargoes

At its fall meeting in Atlanta, Georgia November 16-17, 2013, the executive board of the Organization of American Historians discussed the issue of temporary "embargoes" on newly completed PhD dissertations and issued the following statement.

Posted: December 13, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


Balloting Now Open for the 2014 OAH Election

The online balloting system for the OAH 2014 Election is now open. OAH members have received an e-mail containing voting instructions and a direct link (with an embedded access code) to the system. The election closes on January 31, 2014Read details >

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Posted: December 5, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Mourns the Passing of Michael G. Kammen

Michael G. KammenThe OAH is saddened to learn of the passing of Michael G. Kammen. He died on November 29 2013 at the age of 77. He served as president of the Organization of American Historians from 1995 to 1996. Kammen was the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture (emeritus) at Cornell University, where he taught from 1965 until 2008. Read more >

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Posted: December 2, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


Teach American History in Japan

Tokyo Metropolitan UniversityThe University of the Ryukyus and Tokyo Metropolitan University (pictured) will serve as hosts for the 2014 OAH-JAAS Japan Residencies Program. Now in its eighteenth year, the residency program sends two American historians to Japanese universities for two-week residencies. During their residencies, the American historians give lectures and seminars in English in their specialty. Application deadline is Monday, December 2Learn more >

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Posted: November 20, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


2014 Louis Pelzer Award

Louis PelzerThe OAH Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee of the Organization of American Historians  invites candidates for graduate degrees to submit essays for the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award competition. Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the JAH. In addition, the OAH presents $500 to the winner. The deadline for entries for the 2013 competition is December 2, 2013Learn more >

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Posted: November 4, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization