New OAH Staff

Please join us in welcoming Elijah Beaton to the Journal of American History. He is a graduate student in the Indiana University History Department and will be working at the JAH as an Editorial Assistant. Beaton is a cultural historian specializing in late twentieth-century urban space, the built environment, and material culture. He is particularly interested in the connection between identity and physical things, ranging from buildings to art.

OAH Advocacy Updates

OAH Joins Learn from History Coalition

The Organization of American Historians has joined “Learn from History,” a coalition of more than twenty-five organizations, including the American Historical Association, coming together to oppose efforts that would limit the ability of educators to maintain the scholarly integrity of courses in U.S. history. Drawing on careful survey research and knowledge of what is in fact being taught in American classrooms, the Learn from History Coalition (LHC) seeks to combat deliberate misinformation about the current state of history education and the ways that historians write about and teach the centrality of racism to the evolution of American institutions. The OAH has signed onto the coalition because we agree on these imperatives, and because our organization brings to the table our standing and expertise as historians.

Read the joint statement by OAH Executive Director Beth English and AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman on page XX.

OAH Signs Amicus Curiae Brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

The Organization of American Historians, along with the American Historical Association (AHA), has become a signatory to an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This brief, based on decades of study and research by professional historians, aims to provide an accurate historical perspective as the Court considers the state of Mississippi’s challenge to a woman’s right to abortion that was affirmed by the Court in Roe v. Wade.

Given the significant role that history played in Justice Harry Blackmun’s majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, the OAH-AHA brief aims to present the court with an accurate account of the history of abortion in the early United States and the process by which abortion was made criminal. “The OAH is committed to the principle that the past is a key to understanding the present, and has an interest—as a steward of history, not as an advocate of a particular legal standard—to ensure that the Court is presented with an accurate portrayal of American history and traditions,” the brief’s interest statement notes.

The Supreme Court will hear the case on December 1. The full brief is available at https://www.oah.org/insights/posts/2021/september/oah-signs-amicus-curiae-brief-in-dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization/.

OAH Signs Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History (June 2021)

The OAH has signed onto a statement authored by the American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and PEN America that asserts our firm opposition to the legislative proposals being introduced across the country that target academic lessons, presentations, and discussions of racism and related issues in American history in schools, colleges and universities. These efforts have taken varied shape in at least 20 states, but often the legislation aims to prohibit or impede the teaching and education of students concerning what are termed “divisive concepts.”

More than 140 organizations have signed onto the statement. Read the full statement at https://www.historians.org/Documents/News%20and%20Advocacy/2021/Joint%20Statement%20on%20Legislative%20Efforts%20to%20Restrict%20Education%20(1).pdf.

Updated Slate of Candidates for the 2022 OAH Election

Each fall, members of the Organization of American Historians cast their ballots for the annual OAH election using the slate of candidates prepared by the OAH Nominating Board. Below is the updated slate for the 2022 election. Once candidate biographies are available, they will be announced in Update and posted on the website.

Vice President

• David Blight, Yale University

Executive Board

Pairing 1

• Karen Miller, LaGuardia Community College

• Babette Faehmel, Schenectady County Community College

Pairing 2

• Eric Fure-Slocum, St. Olaf College

• Liz Hohl, Fairfield University

Pairing 3

• Cynthia Orozco, Eastern New Mexico University

• José Alamillo, California State University, Channel Islands

Nominating Board

Pairing 1

• Mary Ting Yi Lui, Yale University (new candidate)

• Beth Lew-Williams, Princeton University

Pairing 2

• Daniel Diaz, University of California, Los Angeles

• Andrew Mink, National Humanities Center

Pairing 3

• Kristin Celello, Queens College, City University of New York

• Liesl Orenic, Dominican University

Support Emerging Historians

Thank you to all OAH members who have contributed to the new OAH Sponsored Membership Award fund. The generosity of our members has provided memberships to 40 students and NTT faculty so far.

The new Sponsored Membership Fund provides memberships to history graduate students and recent graduates as they begin their professional careers. These memberships are made available via a lottery system for those who wish to be considered and enable OAH members to participate in the program without needing to sponsor a specific person.

Donations to the fund can be made in any dollar amount. You can make a contribution on the OAH website at https://secure.oah.org/store or by calling (812) 855-7311 between 8am and 4:30pm ET, if you prefer to directly purchase a sponsored membership ($35) for a student or colleague.

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Become a Reviewer for the Journal of American History

The JAH is always looking for qualified historians to serve as reviewers for the Journal of American History. To be qualified, a reviewer should have either a Ph.D. in American history or a related field, professional experience in the teaching or presentation of the history of America, or publications in the field. It is crucial that prospective reviewers indicate their areas of interest and publications on the reviewer data sheet since we use this information to identify reviewers who have expertise in the particular subject matter of the book or article being reviewed.

To submit a new reviewer data sheet, or to update an existing record, please visit the website—https://jah.oah.org/reviewer-data-sheet/—and complete the form. We recommend that those interested in reviewing update their information at least once every two years to ensure that you remain on the active reviewer roster.