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23 Historians Appointed to the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

We are excited to announce this year's additions to the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program. 23 scholars were recently appointed by OAH President Philip J. Deloria. These accomplished historians command expertise on U. S. history topics including: slavery, women’s rights; sports and recreation; old age; gender; elections; civil rights; crime and violence; public history and memory; environmental history; LGBTQ+; legal history; intellectual history; early national history; Latino/a history; and African American history, among other U. S. history topics. 

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OAH Distinguished Lecturers can be scheduled virtually or in-person to headline special events and to bring context to today's most pertinent and perplexing issues.

The evaluations for Professor Zagarri's lecture were stellar. Audience members found her approachable and her lecture easy to follow. That's no mean feat considering the technical nature of her topic.

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Natalia Molina

Natalia Molina is a Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is the author of two award winning books. Her first book, Fit to be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939, explored the ways in which race is constructed relationally and regionally. Her second book, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts, examines Mexican immigration–from 1924 when immigration acts drastically reduced immigration to the U.S. to 1965 when many quotas were abolished–to understand how broad themes of race and citizenship are constructed. Through the use of a relational lens,...
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Featured Lecture

Why Pandemics Activate Xenophobia

As the coronavirus spread across the globe, we witnessed the rise of xenophobia, much of it aimed at Asian and Asian Americans, but also Jews, Latinx, African American and even LGBTQ populations. I argue that such a virulent response is because we are seeing the re-activation of what I term "racial scripts," which once unleashed can be more easily applied to other marginalized groups.

"Race is an organizing principle for understanding disease. "