"Hey, I Know Your Work" Mentorship Program

Graduate students, recent graduates, or early career historians can meet with seasoned 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 January 2021. 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 2021 all mentors and mentees are connected with each other to finalize their scheduled meeting time.
  • Meet: During the event, mentors and mentees will meet at the "Mentorship Booth" located in the Exhibit Hall to begin conversations using the one-on-one chat feature. Meetings last between forty-five minutes to 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 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

Mentors will be accepted until February 2021

How do I become a mentee?

If you are interested in becoming a mentee please email 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

Mentees will be accepted beginning February 2021. Please note that slots with mentors will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: Mentor meetings may only take place through the virtual conference portal, unless both parties agree to a private Zoom meeting. All parties must abide by the Code of Conduct and the Sexual Harrassment Policy. If any inappropriate requests are made, please notify the immediately.

Mentor Listing


Mark Bradley
Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor of History Deputy Dean, Division of the Social Sciences Faculty Director, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights The University of Chicago

Mark Bradley is a historian of American and the world, and my work has focused on postcolonial histories of US-Vietnamese relations, human rights history and the history of the global South. I should also add that I will become the editor of the American Historical Review in August 2021, and so would be happy to mentor around publishing as well.

Rebecca Davis
Associate professor of history / Miller Family Early Career Professor of History, Department of History, University of Delaware

Dr. Davis' areas of Interest include: histories of gender, sexuality, religion, and American culture
Beth A. English
Executive Director,
Organization of American Historians
Dr. English's areas of interest include: Modern U.S. History, Labor and Working-Class History, Gender History, U.S. South, Globalization and non-traditional career paths

David Gerber
Professor of History Emeritus, and Senior Research Fellow in History and in Disability Studies, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Dr. Gerber's fields are immigration (law and policy and experience), the personal writings of non-elite people, and disability, and at the most general level, personal and social identity and identity formation.

Tiffany Gonzalez
Bonquois Postdoctoral Fellow in Women's History Newcomb Institute Tulane University

Dr. Gonzalez areas of interest inlcude Chicana/Latinx history, American politics, social movements/ civil rights, and women and gender.
Michael D. Innis-Jimenez
Professor, Department of American Studies, The University of Alabama
ALANA Mentor
Dr. Innis-Jimenez's areas of interest include Latinx immigration, labor, foodways, and everyday life. Although I am interested in studying Latinx communities throughout the U.S., my projects deal with these communities in the U.S. South and Midwest. My first book, Steel Barrio, focused on Mexican Chicago during the interwar years. I am currently wrapping up a book on Mexican food, tourism, and community in interwar Chicago. I am also writing a book that surveys the 20th- and 21st-century history of the Latinx South.
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Julia F. Irwin
Associate Professor of History, University of South Florida
Dr. Irwin's areas of interest include U.S. Foreign Relations/U.S. in the World; International History; Humanitarianism and Foreign Aid; Development; Disasters; 20th Century.
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Martha J. King
Senior Editor, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson Princeton University Library
Dr. King's areas of interest include early American history, documentary editing, print culture, women's history, Thomas Jefferson

Alan Kraut
Professor of History, American University

Dr. Kraut's areas of specialization are immigration history and the history of American medicine and public health.

Jana Lipman 
Associate Professor, Tulane University

Dr. Lipman is a scholar of U.S. foreign relations, U.S. immigration, and labor history. While my research spans numerous geographies, from Cuba to Hong Kong, at its core it investigates the local histories of diplomatic politics. My earlier work integrated studies of U.S. empire with labor history, and my current research emphasizes the relationship between international relations, human rights, humanitarianism, and migration. Both inquiries prioritize how U.S. military and imperial power affected working people and migrants, and conversely how these populations, far from the seats of power, shaped U.S. foreign relations. In my work, detained asylum seekers, Vietnamese American college students, and Cuban base workers are all diplomatic actors.

Laura L. Lovett
Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Lovett's areas of interest include US Gender, Sexuality and Race, the History of Childhood and Youth, Eugenics, the Environment and Public History. With a number of years as the Director of Diversity Advancement at a former posting, she is also interested in strategies and resources for faculty success.
Rosina Lozano
Associate Professor
History Department
Princeton University
Dr. Lozano is a historian of Mexican American history and the American West who is interested in comparative race and ethnicity, especially through the politics of language and citizenship. She is largely a social historian who uses sources that are typically associated with political historians. Her first book, An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States, is a political history of the Spanish language in the United States from the incorporation of the Mexican cession in 1848 through World War II, with some discussion of the following decades and present-day concerns. Her second book, tentatively titled Intertwined Roots tells the story of the ever-changing relationship between Mexican Americans and Native peoples from 1848 through the 1970s. 
Daniel Mandell
Professor of History 
Truman State University
Dr. Mandell is a scholar of Native American history, history of American law, and early American history with an emphasis on social and political concerns. He has published six books on New England Native American history, 1600-1900, and his most recently published book, The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600-1870. Dr. Mandell has been teaching at Truman State for 21 years.

Jeff McClurken
Chief of Staff, Office of the President and Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington

Dr. McClurken's interests are digital history, digital humanities (contributing editor for the JAH on Digital History Reviews), Chairing History/American Studies department, movement from faculty into administration (teaching and learning, university leadership, lobbying, budgeting), inter-institutional teaching and digital project partnerships (like, and 19th century Veterans, social welfare, mental institutions.
Kevin Mumford 
Professor of History, University of Illinois

ALANA Mentor
Dr. Mumford's areas of interest include African American, LGBTQ, Legal Studies. My research focuses on cities, racial formations, the history of sexuality, riots and violence issues, government and legislative studies

Graham Peck 
Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies Department of History University of Illinois at Springfield
Dr. Peck is an antebellum political historian interested in the origins of the Civil War. He published a book on political antislavery in antebellum Illinois, and also made a film and a series of short podcasts.
Suzanne E. Smith
Professor of History and Internship Director, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University
Dr. Smith's areas of interest include African American history, Popular Music history, and Death studies in America. She has authored To Serve The Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death and "Dancing in the Street": Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit, and is currently working on her new book project tentatively titled, "'The Best Known Colored Man': Race, Religion, and the Rise of Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux.
Emily Swafford 
Director, Academic & Professional Affairs
Dr. Swafford is happy to speak about careers beyond the professoriate, what she does at the AHA, and work at non-profits in general. Her research interests are U.S. military, foreign relations, and the history of women and gender. Her book project examines how gendered norms of marriage and family intersected with a newly global military to construct democratic citizens in the early Cold War.
Benjamin Wiggins 
Director of the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities Program and Affiliate Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Wiggins' areas of interest include American History, Atlantic History, Digital Humanities, Insurance, Actuarial Science, Risk, Race, Historical Methodology, Archives

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu 
Director of the Humanities Center Professor of Asian American Studies Chancellor’s Fellow University of California, Irvine

Co-editor of Women and Social Movements in the U.S

Dr. Wu's areas of interest include modern U.S. History, Women’s/Gender History, Asian American, Immigration, Race, U.S. Empire, Social Movements 
Mari Yoshihara 
Professor and Chair of American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Editor, American Quarterly

ALANA Mentor
Dr. Yoshihari's areas of interest include U.S. cultural history; history of U.S-East Asian relations; history of women, gender, and sexuality; Asian American studies; classical music

Robert F. Zeidel
Professor of History and Interim Dean, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Dr. Zeidel's areas of interest include immigration and ethnic history, especially the reaction to immigrants. Research areas include Nativism, 1865-1924; Industrial era immigrant labor and labor strife; the Dillingham Commission; Ethnic ramifications of World War I; Gilded Age/Progressive Era.