News and Announcements

The WHA Office often receives notifications about awards, scholarships, fellowships, and events that might be of interest to our members. Please send details to us about your programs and we will post this information to our news blog below.

  • Thursday, December 03, 2020 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sites of armed conflict are part of our American heritage - how can your students help preserve a battlefield or associated historic site and share its stories with and for communities today? 

    The National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program wants organizations involved in heritage education to know that Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants are available to help. These grants are awarded annually and competitively to State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. Eligible projects must focus on planning for, interpreting, and protecting battlefields and historic sites associated with armed conflicts on American soil from any time period in history. Grants fund two-year projects involving research, documentation, oral history, community engagement activities, interpretation and education, preservation planning, and more. They do not require matching funds. 

    The 2021 competition is now open until February 12, 2021. The funding announcement and application materials are available at

    You can learn more at, or sign up for a free webinar: 

    • A New Tide: Armed Conflict through the Eyes of Black America, December 8, 2:00 PM EST (register here)
    • Amplifying Indigenous Voices in Battlefield Preservation, December 9, 7:00 PM EST (register here)
    • 2021 Battlefield Preservation Planning Grant Overview, December 10, 2:00 PM EST (register here)

    American Battlefield Protection Program staff welcome your questions, and invites you to contact us about your ideas for proposals, at

  • Monday, November 23, 2020 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its fellowship program for the 2021–2022 academic year. Leveraging its rich collections documenting American history from the perspective of New York City, New-York Historical’s fellowships—open to scholars at various times during their academic careers—provide scholars with deep resources and an intellectual community to develop new research and publications.

    The New-York Historical Society offers several long- and short-term fellowships during the academic year. Fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers. Applicants are advised that they may not participate in external employment while holding a fellowship. In other words, fellows are fully in residence during the term of their fellowships. See below for instructions and application checklists for each fellowship. The application deadline for most fellowships is January 15, 2021.

    For more information, please visit:

    Click here for a list of FAQs about the Fellowship program.

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Papers for the 4th Annual Workshop:

    “New and Emerging Studies of the Spanish Colonial Borderlands”

    This workshop seeks to bring together five advanced graduate students in the field of the Spanish Borderlands to bolster intellectual exchange and create community among graduate students and interested faculty working on similar or related topics. Successful workshop presentation proposals should highlight new and emerging research on the Spanish Borderlands and focus on some aspect of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida or related areas from the sixteenth through the mid-nineteenth century.

    Papers will be organized into one hour sessions derived from larger dissertation chapters. Workshopping of the papers by participants and organizers will follow. Participants agree to submit a 25-35 page, footnoted paper by March 1, 2021 and attend the all-day online workshop on March 12, 2021.

    For full consideration a proposal, bibliography, and CV must be submitted by December 5th, 2020, to workshop chairs UCR History Department faculty Alejandra Dubcovsky and Steven Hackel at Paper proposals should be no more than 300 words and include a separate two-page bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Please put all materials in a single pdf/word document. The organizers will respond by December 20, 2020.

    The workshop will be held virtually Friday March 12, 2021

    Organized with generous support from the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute Seminar on Borderlands History, The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, UC Riverside.

  • Wednesday, November 04, 2020 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Job opportunity! See their requirements below:

    The Macalester College Department of History invites applications for a Modern U.S. Historian with a specialization in African-American history to serve as Chair of the Department. The position will be filled at the level of advanced Associate or Full Professor to begin Fall of 2021. A Ph.D. is required. Primary teaching responsibilities include courses in the history of African Americans and the African Diaspora in the United States, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences; modern U.S. history courses (1861-present); and classes that complement and enhance the department's curriculum.

    Review of applications will begin November 23, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, electronically submit a c.v., cover letter, a writing sample, a diversity statement (see guidelines below), representative course syllabi, and the names and contact information of three references to Academic Jobs Online. We will follow up with requests for letters of reference as we proceed with our search. In your cover letter, please discuss any previous experience you have chairing a department or equivalent administrative experience.

    Macalester College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. Strong candidates will have a record of experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse students. In addition to the materials noted above, applicants should also submit a diversity statement (no longer than two pages) that discusses past experiences and/or potential future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or outreach. In the diversity statement, applicants should reflect upon their experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds.

    For further information about the position, contact the department chair, Linda Sturtz (, or visit the College's website ( The search process will be adapted to meet public health standards during the pandemic. Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, with a population of approximately three million people and home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester's diverse student body comprises over 2000 undergraduates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 95 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

  • Friday, October 16, 2020 7:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We offer congratulations to this year's newest WHA officers and deepest thanks to all candidates. 

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The WHA Business Meeting is today! Please join us! The agenda is linked here and the meeting link is below: 2020 Business Meeting Agenda.pdf

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  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attend the Presidential Plenary at 2:00pm Central! The session begins *promptly* with an amazing video compilation and then features six live panelists who will bridge the audience discussion! Don't be late and don't miss this!!  

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out the 2020 Conference Program for the most up-to-date session details at this year's online conference!

  • Monday, October 12, 2020 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to all of our 2020 award winners! There were so many great submissions for these prizes. Please join us in congratulating the following 2020 WHA awards recipients (and don't forget to submit your work for the 2021 awards cycle)!

    Read the list or browse the 2020 WHA Awards Program!

    Gordon Bakken Award of Merit
    Caroline Schimmel, University of Pennsylvania
    Brian Q. Cannon, Brigham Young University

    Honorary Lifetime Membership
    Caroline Schimmel, University of Pennsylvania
    Peter Blodgett, The Huntington Library
    Virginia Scharff, University of New Mexico (emerita)

    Autry Public History Prize
    Red Dead University, Center for the Study of the American West, West Texas A&M University. Contributors: Alex Hunt, Tim Foster, and A.J. McCormick

    Caughey Western History Association Prize
    Maurice Crandall, These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598-1912 (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)

    David J. Weber-Clements Prize
    Maurice Crandall, These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598-1912 (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)

    Donald L. Fixico Award
    Philip J. Deloria, Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract (University of Washington Press, 2019)

    Hal K. Rothman Award
    Bathsheba Demuth, Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait (W.W. Norton, 2019)

    Joan Paterson Kerr Award
    Heather Ahtone, Faith Brower, and Seth Hopkins, Warhol and the West (University of California Press, 2019)

    John C. Ewers Award
    Brianna Theobald, Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)

    Robert G. Athearn Award
    Alexandra Harmon, Reclaiming the Reservation: Histories of Indian Sovereignty Suppressed and Renewed (University of Washington Press, 2019)

    Robert M. Utley Award
    Pekka Hämäläinen, Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (Yale University Press, 2019)

    Sally and Ken Owens Award
    Genevieve Carpio, Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race (University of California Press, 2019)

    W. Turrentine Jackson Award
    Bathsheba Demuth, Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait (W.W. Norton, 2019)

    Arrell M. Gibson Award
    Doug Kiel, “Nation v. Municipality: Indigenous Land Recovery, Settler Resentment, and Taxation on the Oneida Reservation,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal (Fall 2019)

    Arrington-Prucha Prize
    Angela Pulley Hudson, “There is no Mormon Trail of Tears: Roots, Removals, and Reconstructions,” in Brian Q. Cannon and Clyde A. Milner II, eds., Reconstruction and Mormon America (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019)

    Bert M. Fireman and Janet Fireman Award
    Mariel Aquino, “‘It Has a Way of Getting in Your Blood When You’re Basque’: Basque Sheepherders, Race, and Labor, 1880-1959,” Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2019)

    Bolton-Cutter Award
    C.J. Alvarez, “Police, Waterworks, and the Construction of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1924-1954,” Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2019)

    Jensen-Miller Award
    Jordan Biro Walters, “‘So Let Me Paint’: Navajo Artist R.C. Gorman and the Artistic, Native, and Queer Subcultures of San Francisco, California,” Pacific Historical Review (Summer 2019)

    Michael P. Malone Award
    Kenneth R. Coleman, “‘We’ll All Start Even’: White Egalitarianism and the Oregon Donation Land Claim Act,” Oregon Historical Quarterly (Winter 2019)

    Oscar O. Winther Award
    Lissa K. Wadewitz, “Rethinking the ‘Indian War’: Northern Indians and Intra-Native Politics in the Western Canada-U.S. Borderlands,” Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2019)

    Ray Allen Billington Award
    Nic John Ramos, “Poor Influences and Criminal Locations: Los Angeles’s Skid Row, Multicultural Identities, and Normal Homosexuality,” American Quarterly (June 2019)

    Huntington Library-Western History Association Martin Ridge Fellowship
    Naomi Sussman (Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University), “Between the River and the Sea: Cahuilla and Cupeño History in California’s Long Nineteenth Century”

    Vicki L. Ruiz Award
    Uzma Quraishi, “Racial Calculations: Indian and Pakistani Immigrants in Houston, 1960-1980,” Journal of American Ethnic History (Summer 2019)

    Sara Jackson Award
    Divana Olivas (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern California), “Red or Green?” Race, Settler Colonialism, and Activism in New Mexico Food Politics From Statehood to Climate Crisis”

    Walter Rundell Graduate Student Award
    Andy Rafael Aguilera (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan), “Negotiating Mexicanidad: Race and Nationalism in Mexican Los Angeles during the Mexican Revolution, 1880-1940”

    Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award
    Katie Ward, St. John Paul II Catholic School
    Sandra Garcia, Theodore Roosevelt Middle School
    Alexander Hernandez, Cristo Rey High School
    Katherine Wiedenhoft, Annunciation Catholic School

    Louise Pubols Public History Award
    Alessandra LaRocca Link, Indiana University Southeast

    Indian Student Conference Scholarship
    Amber Tallchief-Wellman, Eastern Washington University

    Trennert-Iverson Conference Scholarship
    Kimberly Sumano Ortega, University of Texas at El Paso
    Dustin Cohan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    WHA Graduate Student Prize
    Andy Rafael Aguilera, University of Michigan
    Matthew Jason Green, University of Utah
    Amado Guzmán, University of Arizona
    Alejandra Herrera, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Greg LeDonne, Boise State University
    Kevan Malone, University of California, San Diego
    Jenni Tifft-Ochoa, University of California, Davis
    Michelle Vasquez Ruiz, University of Southern California

  • Monday, September 28, 2020 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Montana The Magazine of Western History is pleased to announce the 2021 Emerging Scholar Article Contest! We invite submissions of manuscripts focused on Western history based on original research and that provide a new interpretation of themes or events. Independent scholars, graduate students, and early career faculty are encouraged to submit! Your manuscript does not have to be focused on Montana history, but must address a topic relevant to the American West. The winner will receive $300, have their article published in Montana The Magazine of Western History, and a free trip to the 2021 Montana History Conference, where they will give a presentation on their article. Submission guidelines can be found at

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