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Slate for 2021 OAH Election

2021 Slate of Candidates

OAH President: Philip J. Deloria, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University.
OAH President-Elect: Erika Lee, Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, Director, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.
OAH Vice President: Anthea M. Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum of American History. 

OAH Executive Board – Pair 1
Catherine Allgor, President, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Christy S. Coleman, Executive Director, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

OAH Executive Board – Pair 2
Ashley D. Farmer, Assistant Professor, History and African & African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin.
Pippa Holloway, Douglas Southall Freeman Distinguished Professor of History, University of Richmond.

OAH Executive Board – Pair 3
Joanne B. Freeman, Class of 1954 Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University.
Matthew Pratt Guterl, Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies, Brown University.

OAH Nominating Board – Pair 1
Marcia Chatelain, Professor, History and African American Studies, Georgetown University.
Margaret O’Mara, Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington.

OAH Nominating Board – Pair 2
Christopher Brick, Director and Editor, The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, Department of History, George Washington University.
Julio Capó Jr., Associate Professor of History and Deputy Director of the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at Florida International University.

OAH Nominating Board – Pair 3
Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, Amherst College.
Bethel Saler, Associate Professor of History, Haverford College.

Read the candidate biographies here - https://www.oah.org/about/governance/elections/2021-slate-of-candidates/

President and President-Elect. According to the OAH Constitution, Article IV, Section 1, “Officers and Terms of Office,” the Vice President shall become the President-Elect at the end of his/her term. Article V, Section 2, “Nominations,” states that nominations for Vice President shall be made by a Nominating Board of nine persons elected by the membership.

Who gets nominated for positions in the Organization of American Historians? 


Members who take the time to recommend individuals to the OAH Nominating Board play a key role in the organization. But the Nominating Board does not receive a substantial number of recommendations. While suggestions do not ensure an automatic nomination or appointment, the Nominating Board welcomes your recommendations for nominees for OAH Vice President, OAH Nominating Board, and OAH Executive Board. Please send a brief statement that includes the nominee’s biographical information, qualifications, and your reasons for the nomination to: nominations@oah.org. Your suggestions do make a difference!

Sponsored and Gift Memberships

OAH members can sponsor a membership for your early-career colleagues and students. Sponsored memberships are $35 per year and can be purchased by calling the OAH office. You can also purchase gift memberships for those of your colleagues who are no longer early career using the membership form found on the OAH website at https://www.oah.org/membership/oah-membership-information-and-categories/ or by calling the OAH office at (812) 855-7311. Your support of both the organization and your colleagues is greatly appreciated.


Renew Early and Win Contest

Renew your membership before September 30, 2020, and be automatically entered into the annual Renew Early and Win Contest. This year’s prizes include:

Grand prize – $150 gift certificate to bookstore of your choice, ToLuLu 1080p HD webcam with microphone

First prize – One free night at the conference hotel during the 2021 OAH Annual Meeting in Chicago

Second prize (2) –  Free registration to the 2021 OAH Annual Meeting in Chicago

Third prize (2) – $50 gift certificate to bookstore of your choice

Note: The OAH reserves the right to substitute prizes as needed to due events beyond our control, such as the COVID pandemic or product availability

Renew your membership at https://secure.oah.org/renew or by calling the national office at (812) 855-7311, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.

 

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 use this url--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.


Featured Member Benefit – History Plunge Discount

Did you know that OAH members receive a 10% discount History Plunge, the new history card game by Learning Plunge? Members can access the discount code in the OAH Member Portal at https://secure.oah.org. With History Plunge, players gain valuable critical thinking and social-emotional skills. The target audience, 3-12 grade students, will learn about all the U.S. Presidents, as well as important events in U.S. history, when and where they took place, who was involved, and their historical impact. Utilizing artwork from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait collection, players gain fluency with valuable content knowledge about the United States, including awareness of influential people, which can lead to improved reading comprehension and critical thinking about United States history, as well as providing students a context for analyzing current events. You can learn more about History Plunge on their website at https://www.learningplunge.org/what-is-historyplunge/. 

 

Women, Voting, and the Nineteenth Amendment: A JAH Suffrage Reader

To mark the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, and to encourage critical assessment of the broader histories of suffrage and suffrage restriction in the United States, the Journal of American History has assembled “Women, Voting, and the Nineteenth Amendment: A JAH Suffrage Reader.” This reader offers a sampling of numerous articles and reviews published in the JAH over the past half century. By no means exhaustive, it is intended to provide readers with a brief introduction to the history and historiography of woman suffrage, and women’s political activism more generally, in the United States. As part of our ongoing series Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities: Centennial Reappraisals, we hope that this reader will benefit students, educators, and researchers who wish to learn more about these topics. We invite all readers to revisit as well the JAH Women’s History Index, published in our March 2020 issue. 

The articles and reviews are freely available through November 30, 2020 at https://academic.oup.com/jah/pages/jah-suffrage-reader


 

Update from the OAH Academic Freedom Committee: Shared Governance-Program Redesign added to Academic Freedom Guidelines 

History professionals and higher education face many challenges at present.  But we cannot afford to forget about fundamental principles like academic freedom.  

I imagine that many of us entered the profession familiar with the term, but not really understanding much about when and how it applies to our work. Then, something happens that makes you wish you knew more. In my case, it was the day Administration told me that faculty could not use university mail to communicate with one another about workplace conditions. Didn’t academic freedom allow us to do this? 

A few years later, I led a contingent of faculty senators who pushed back against a consultant-generated redesign of our first year program, arguing that the redesign process violated standards of shared governance and academic freedom. We had learned a lot between those two incidents, and spent a lot of time doing so. Where was Academic Freedom 101? 

Today, I am pleased to share with you a new OAH benefit – Academic Freedom Guidelines and Best Practices. This work-in-progress, created by the OAH Committee on Academic Freedom and reviewed by the Executive Board, opens with a brief explanation of what academic freedom is and why it matters.  Then the Guidelines summarize how it applies to teaching, research and public expression; distinguish between academic freedom and free speech; suggest best practices to protect academic freedom; and list additional resources.

The newest additions to the Guidelines address threats to academic freedom. The first of these focused on the threat posed by guns on campus. (Thank you to the hundreds of OAH members who responded to our survey on this topic.)  Now a new section addresses the importance of shared governance in program redesign.  This addition offers cautionary cases of program redesign without shared governance and highlights best practices to defend academic freedom from internal or external pressure.  

The Guidelines also include a statement on intellectual property rights and a link to a sample agreement to protect teaching materials.  As more instruction moves online, this issue will become more important than ever. It is vital to assert our position strongly. The Academic Freedom committee will update the Guidelines in the future to address other categories of threat. We encourage you to use this OAH resource and welcome feedback to help us create a vibrant and valuable member resource.

Nikki Mandell

Co-Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom