Graduate students, recent graduates, or early career historians meet with experienced scholars to discuss research, professional aspirations, or simply to get acquainted.

“Hey, I Know Your Work” Mentorship Program

Graduate students, recent graduates, or early career historians meet with experienced scholars to discuss research, professional aspirations, or simply to get acquainted.

The OAH’s Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories is committed to intersectionality in its conception, constitution, and in the practice of its rotating members. Our mission is to serve a broad swath of the rising underrepresented scholars in our craft. Mentees have the opportunity to learn strategies to navigate an academic career from a more senior scholar aligned with ALANA’s goals. Look for ALANA-endorsed mentors on the listing.

The Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) is again partnering with the OAH to provide mentors to those interested in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Look for SHGAPE-endorsed mentors in the listing.

How does it work?

  • Select mentors from the list posted December 2023. The list will include the mentor’s positions and research interests.
  • Connect: The OAH will assign up to three mentees to a mentor based on availability. In March 2024, all mentors and mentees are connected with each other to finalize their scheduled meeting time.
  • Meet: During the event, mentors and mentees meet for conversation at a predetermined time. Meetings last between forty-five minutes and one hour.
  • Why? This program offers emerging scholars the opportunity to forge professional and personal relationships with scholars whose work they admire.

How do I become a mentor?

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please email [email protected] with the following:

  1. Name
  2. Title/Position
  3. Institution if applicable
  4. Contact information including email and phone number
  5. Topics of specialty or areas of interest
  6. If you would like to be listed as an ALANA or SHGAPE mentor

How do I become a mentee?

If you are interested in becoming a mentee please email [email protected] with the following:

  1. Name
  2. Institution if applicable
  3. Contact information including email and phone number
  4. Brief bio (150 words)
  5. Top three mentor choices

Mentor Listing

Associate Professor and Chair, American Studies, SUNY College at Old Westbury

ALANA affiliation

Immigration and Latinx history with a focus on the Caribbean diaspora. Urban history, and the history of U.S. imperialism. Dominican and Puerto Rican immigration and activism, Haitian migration to, and militarized exclusion from, the United States, Dominican Republic, and Bahamas in the late twentieth century.

Joan Boudreau

online only

Curator, Graphic Arts Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian

Art history of early western U.S., comic art history, printing and printmaking history, especially 19th century

Associate Professor of History/ Director Africana Studies, Queens College

ALANA affiliation

20th Century and 21st Century Social Justice Movements/The Modern African Diaspora/Women’s History/Labor/Caribbean History /Black Women’s History

Associate Professor
Department of History
University of California, Berkeley

ALANA affiliation

Migration and immigration; the 19th-century United States; the US and the World; legal history; transnational history

Professor, Department of American Studies, The University of Alabama

ALANA affiliation

Food and travel, migration and immigration, labor, migrant foodways, and the racialization of Latinx people and communities. Urban Mexican communities.

T. Harry Williams Professor of History, Louisiana State University

SHGAPE affiliation

U.S. Foreign Relations, International History, Humanitarianism, Disasters, Foreign Aid

Professor, Department of History, Tulane University

Refugees, migration, labor, transnational movements, 20th century U.S. history, public history, and U.S. foreign relations

Department of History, Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago)

U.S. since 1800, women and gender and sexuality, family history and genetics. I recently published a history of genealogists, _A Nation of Descendants_ (North Carolina, 2021). This is my second book. Otherwise I have been in the profession and the classroom for 25 years.

Professor of History. St. Bonaventure University

U.S. History, including public and digital history. Chaired multiple searches. Curriculum development and grants.

Professor of history and the Head of the International Studies Department at the American University of Sharjah

History of Communism, teaching abroad, maritime history American politics, Spanish Civil War

Carnell Professor of History, Temple University

Recent U.S. History, Labor History, Southern Studies, Food Studies, Toilet Studies, Narrative, and Thinking About How We Tell Our Stories

Professor, School of International Service
American University

U.S. foreign relations, rights, and nonstate actors

Interim Director of the Writing Program

SHGAPE affiliation

20th-century U.S., with subfields in women’s, legal, and foreign relations history. Teaching at small liberal arts college for the last fifteen years.

Professor, Santa Clara University

SHGAPE affiliation

Gilded Age and Progressive Era; LGBTQ+, Women, Environment

Professor, Illinois State University

SHGAPE affiliation

U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History; US South; History of Crime and Punishment

Andrew Woodmansey
online only

Author, historian

Early recreational vehicle history (1872-1939) of the USA, UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand

Associate Professor of History, University of Memphis

ALANA affiliation

Modern U.S. history, women’s and gender history, African American history, queer history, cultural history, popular music and performance history, cultural studies, feminist/queer theory.