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End of Year Giving

As 2020 draws to a close, there is still time to support the OAH with a donation. We are pleased to announce that we have created two new funds to support new and emerging historians as well as those who work as independent scholars or off the tenure track. The new Sponsored Membership Fund provides memberships to history graduate students and recent graduates as they begin their professional careers. These memberships will be 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. The Graduate Student, Independent Historian, and NTT Faculty Travel Fund provides travel assistance to OAH members of those three groups who have registered to attend the Annual Meeting. The number and amount of awards given each year will be determined by the amount raised for the fund. calling the OAH office at (812) 855-7311. 

OAH members are also encouraged to contribute to the Endowment Fund. In 2019, during his presidential address, Earl Lewis challenged his fellow OAH members to raise $500,000 in five years. At that time, he pledged an additional $50,000 (bringing his total contribution to $100,000) if we meet the challenge. To date, members have raised just over $156,600 toward the $500,000 goal. We encourage all members to contribute to this campaign to support the future of our organization. Your gift may be made in the form of a pledge and paid over a five-year term. In addition, if you meet the age requirements, you may be able to donate funds from an IRA directly to the OAH and thereby avoid taxes on the income.

Please donate online at https://secure.oah.org/donate

Featured Member Benefit – The History Teacher

OAH Members can purchase a discounted print subscription for The History Teacher. Published by the Society for History Education, The History Teacher is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that publishes inspirational scholarship on traditional and unconventional techniques in history education. Retired and Student members can purchase a subscription for $21.25. All other members can purchase a subscription for $32.30. Postage for those residing outside of the United States is an additional $15.00. To learn more about the Society for History Education or The History Teacher, visit their website at http://www.societyforhistoryeducation.org/.

Distinguished Lectureship Program Now Offers Virtual Lectures

In September, the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program began offering Virtual OAH Lectures as an alternative to traditional, in-person events. The OAH is delighted to be able to continue to bring the finest American history scholarship to audiences throughout the country and expects Virtual OAH Lectures to remain a permanent feature of the Distinguished Lectureship Program.

Both online and in-person lectures can be scheduled for the spring. Virtual options include both recorded lectures (fees begin at $300) and live lectures with Q&A (fees begin at $600) and utilize the Zoom Webinar platform. To learn more about the DLP, please visit https://www.oah.org/lectures/. To request a speaker or to find out more about these options, fill out the online lecture inquiry form (https://www.oah.org/lectures/contact/) or contact program coordinator Sally Hanchett at shanchett@oah.org.

New OAH Staff

Please join us in welcoming new staff members in the OAH Publications and Business Office. The Journal of American History employees five graduate students from the history department as Editorial Assistants. The EAs rotate between a number of positions to help produce the Journal, Process, and the JAH podcast.

Sydney-Paige Patterson received her B.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies and English from Indiana University. She is also a graduate of the. John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program at New York University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D at Indiana University in African Diasporic History with a minor in India Studies. Her research examines transnational social movements throughout the twentieth century, focusing primarily on how Black Americans have inspired or contributed to the formation of radical movements for freedom around the world. Her dissertation research utilizes ethnographic and archival methods to interrogate how Black and Dalit women contributed vital intellectual labor to the Black and Dalit Panther Parties during the late twentieth century. She was recently awarded a 2020-2021 Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship to complete her dissertation research.

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Elizabeth Spaeth is a Ph.D student in United States history researching American colonialism in the Philippines, migration, and social history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs and Anthropology at The George Washington University. She taught abroad for several years in the Federated States of Micronesia, Mexico, and the Philippines. In 2017, she received her M.A. from the University of Chicago’s Program in the Social Sciences with a thesis centered on the visual representation of race and violence in the Philippine-American War. She then taught special education in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood for two years while studying for a Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education. She is in her first year of Indiana University’s Ph.D. program in U.S. history.  

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Amy Ransford is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Indiana University. Her dissertation, Trading Women: Patriarchy, Race, and Settler Colonialism in the Hudson River Watershed, 1600–1790, analyzes entangled kinship and trade networks and the Native, African, and European women whose commercial and productive activities were central to the long process of colonization. In her role as an Editorial Assistant, Amy primarily oversees the production of the JAH podcast and manages social media promotion of the Journal and Process. She previously served as an editorial assistant at the American Historical Review. 

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And please welcome Caitlyn (Ayoka) Wicks as the new Editorial Assistant for The American Historian. Ayoka is an Indigenous MA/PhD Student in the United States History Program. She studies Indigenous/Native American activism in the 20th and 21st centuries with intended dissertation focus on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit Movement (MMIWG2SM). Before coming to Bloomington, Ayoka received a BSED in History Secondary Education from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She was a high school teacher for Liberty Public Schools teaching Advanced Placement European History and World History before coming to IU to further her education and activism pursuits of decolonizing the social studies discipline. Ayoka is accompanied on campus by her Service Dog, Anubis who enjoys stealing affection from students and professors when he takes breaks. Ayoka is in her second year, and she is also an assistant coach for Indiana University’s competitive debate team.  

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Made by History Webinars

The recordings of both recent Made by History Public Voice for Historians webinars are now available for viewing in the OAH Member Portal (https://secure.oah.org). "Effective Public Engagement during an Election Year" and "Building a Media Presence" were facilitated by Made by History editors, Kathryn Brownell, Purdue University, and Brian Rosenwald, University of Pennsylvania.

After watching the videos, check out the new Community, "Made by History Public Voice for Historians Webinars," at https://oah.connectedcommunity.org/ to discuss with your colleagues.

Reminder! Voting for OAH Election Now Open

Voting in this year’s election is open until 11:59 pm EST on January 31, 2021. Biographies for this year’s candidates are available on the ballot and online at https://www.oah.org/about/governance/elections/2021-slate-of-candidates/.

In addition to the newly elected members, the 2021–2022 OAH Executive Board will be composed of the following voting members:

  • Philip J. Deloria, President

  • Erika Lee, President-Elect

  • Anthea M. Hartig, Vice President

  • Jay S. Goodgold, Treasurer

  • Joanne Meyerowitz, Past President

  • George J. Sanchez, Past President

  • Michael Flamm

  • Theresa R. Jach

  • Donald W. Rogers

  • Susan Sleeper-Smith

  • Brenda E. Stevenson

  • Mike Williams

OAH Committee Coordinator Kara Hamm can be reached at elections@oah.org or by phone at (812) 855-7311. 

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.