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We are currently accepting mentees to meet with a mentor at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting.

View a list of mentors here.

What is it? We invite graduate students, recent graduates, or those in the early stages of their career to meet with seasoned scholars to discuss their 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.

The Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) are partnering with the OAH to provide mentors who are specifically interested in mentoring attendees interested in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Look for ALANA or SHGAPE endorsed mentors in the listing

How does it work? Select mentors from a list located on the OAH website beginning in December 2018. The list will include the mentors titles and research interests. Potential mentees provide the OAH with their full contact information, bio, and a list of their top three mentor choices.

Connect: The OAH will assign up to three mentees to a mentor based on availability. In March 2019 all mentors and mentees are connected with each other to finalize their scheduled meeting time.

Meet: During the event, mentors and mentees meet for coffee and conversation at a predetermined time. Meetings last between forty-five minutes and one hour.

Why? Many attendees recall being lonely and even a bit isolated at a large academic conference and then seeing a well-known historian (or recognizing a name on a badge) in the elevator or hotel corridor and wishing for an introduction. This program takes the awkwardness out of those introductions and helps forge professional and personal relationships.

How do I become a mentee? Mentees will be accepted in January 2019. Mentees will be asked to submit their contact information, a short bio, and their top three mentor choices. Mentors can only meet with up to three mentees; those slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see the list of mentors at url to come and email your selection and information to

List of Mentors

Name Position Areas of Interest
Adam Arenson Associate Professor of History and Director of the Urban Studies Program North American West; Civil War and Reconstruction; teaching at a liberal-arts college; strategies for publishing and reaching a public audience.
Scott H. Bennett Professor of History and Chair at Georgian Court University. Dr. Bennett is a current board member and past president and vice-president of the Peace History Society Peace movements and antiwar dissent; American radicalism; 20th century America
Katherine Benton-Cohn Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University, and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Benton-Cohen has received numerous research fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and elsewhere. She and her work have appeared in media outlets including PBS American Experience, the BBC, Dissent, the New Yorker,, and the Washington Post. She is the author of Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard University Press, 2009), and the forthcoming Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy (Harvard University Press, 2018). Immigration Advocacy, Immigration and Internal Migration, Legal and Constitutional, Politics
John Bezís-Selfa Associate Professor of History Chair, Committee on Educational Policy, Wheaton College Early North America, Latino/a, political, teaching and learning, a leader of the AHA's Tuning project, working heavily on assignment design, ALANA mentor, especially for teacher-scholars who identify as Latinx, regardless of their interests. Other interests/things to offer: Dr. Bezís-Selfa is happy to work with peers who teach at liberal arts colleges or would like to work at a liberal arts college.
Lincoln Bramwell Chief Historian, U.S. Forest Service, Washington Office Environmental and public history and the federal government
Vernon Burton Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Distinguished Professor of History, Professor Sociology and Anthropology, Pan African Studies, and Computer Science, Clemson University, Emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, University Scholar, Professor of History, African American Studies, and Sociology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign American South, Civil War-Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movement
Boyd Cothran Associate Professor Department of History, York University and Co-Editor of The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Gilded Age and Progressive Era; Indigenous History; American West; Global History; Historical Memory
Emilye Crosby Professor of History and previous coordinator of Black Studies at SUNY Geneseo Civil Rights Movement
Lori Flores Associate Professor, Department of History, Stony Brook University 20th century U.S./Latino; labor; migration; agriculture; food studies
David Freund Associate Professor / Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, University of Maryland Metropolitan history (politics, policy, the built environment), 20th century federal policy (especially the New Deal), racial politics, and the history of economic ideas
Amy Greenberg George Winfree Professor of American History and Women's Studies, Penn State University U.S. territorial expansion, history of masculinity, and antebellum America
Edward Hagerty Semi-retired, Adjunct Instructor, American Military University and USAF Air University Air Command & Staff College Dr. Hagerty has extensive experience teaching online at various institutions, teaching in adjunct status, serving as a journal book review editor, and also serving in the public history sector as an Air Force unit historian. Military History with an emphasis on the American Civil War, WWII, and the Vietnam Era; the Antebellum Period; Slavery and Reconstruction; and Modern Ireland. Dr. Hagerty is especially interested in mentoring those who might be considering alternative careers in History, or those who find that employment prospects dictate broadening their job search outside the realm of traditional academia.
Julia Irwin Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History, University of South Florida U.S. foreign relations/U.S. and the World (esp. 20th century); humanitarian history/the history of foreign aid; disaster history; history of medicine and health
Clarence Jefferson Hall Assistant Professor, Department of History, Queensborough Community College / CUNY Environmental history and the history of the Carceral State
Martha King Senior Editor, Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Princeton University Library An early American historian with scholarly interests in Thomas Jefferson as well as women and print culture. Dr. King is also happy to discuss documentary editing and scholarly publishing with early career historians.
Melissa Klapper Professor of History and Director of Women's & Gender Studies, Rowan University - Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005), Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007), Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press, 2013) Winner of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies Graduate students/early career scholars in women's and gender history, immigration history, and the history of childhood and youth. Dr. Klapper would also like to be helpful to early career colleagues teaching at non-elite institutions with limited support for research.
Felicia Kornbluh Associate Professor History and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of Vermont 1945 U.S. history, gender, public policy, law, social welfare, disability, African American social movements
Sam Lebovic Associate Professor of History at George Mason University, Director of the PhD Program in History, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Social History 20th century U.S., especially politics, culture, the media, political economy, and the role of the U.S. in the world
Alan Lessoff University Professor of History, Illinois State University. Dr. Lessoff is the former editor of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and has published about both Washington, DC, history, and urban Texas and the urban Southwest. U.S. and comparative urban history and the history of urban design, development, and politics.
Rosina Lozano Associate Professor, History Department, Princeton University Mexican American History; Language and Identity; Comparative Race and Ethnicity; American West
Beatrice McKenzie Professor of History, Keefer Professor of Public Humanities, Beloit College Public history, history harvest, history of US immigration and citizenship
ALANA Mentor
Justin Nordstrom Associate Professor of History, Penn State Hazleton U.S. history in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, with a focus on American food history and print culture, U.S. and World history surveys, interested in speaking with those interested in small teaching-focused institutions regardless of their specific sub-disciplines.
Katherin Ott Curator, Division of Medicine and Science, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History History of disability, LGBTQ+, medicine, curation/collecting/exhibition/museums
K. Stephen Prince Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director, Department of History, University of South Florida Southern history, African American history, memory studies, Civil War era, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, cultural history
Clifford Trafzer Distinguished Professor of History, Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, University of California, Riverside Native American History, American West, and Public History
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu Professor and Chair, Department of Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine Asian American/Immigration/Comparative Radicalization, Gender/Women’s/Sexuality History, History of Social Movements, Trans-nationalism/Empire, Pacific World
Julie Winch Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Boston African American history (18th/19th century), the Early Republic, maritime history and biography. Dr. Winch is also interested in talking with any mentees who would like to discuss some of the challenges of visual impairment (having been visually impaired since childhood).
Amy Louise Wood Professor of History, Illinois State University Gilded Age and Progressive Era; Racial violence; US South; Cultural History; Criminal Justice