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 17, 2020 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of History

    The Department of History at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of history with a specialization in Latina/o – Latinx history and the dynamics of shifting boundaries of race and ethnicity in the United States. The department especially welcomes applicants whose research and teaching focus on gender and sexuality and/or migration. The successful candidate will teach courses in large and small classroom  settings that serve general education, American Studies, the history major, interdisciplinary minors and the department’s MA program.

    This position forms part of a first-of-its-kind initiative at James Madison University: a cohort hire of six outstanding, tenure-track faculty working collaboratively in several interconnected areas, which include social justice, minority cultures and politics, racial equity, non-Western thought, and critical race studies. Scholars hired into this cohort will be appointed in six of the College’s ten departments:

    Sociology and Anthropology; History; Political Science; Justice Studies; Philosophy and Religion; and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

    A complete description of this cohort hire may be found here:

    We seek excellent applicants within particular disciplines, but also scholars and teachers eager to work across them, both within the College and beyond. Arriving as a cohort with broadly shared interests, successful candidates will enhance existing strengths in Latinx, African American, African diaspora, ethnic and global studies. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to collaboration in building an equitable and inclusive environment and to supporting diversity initiatives with their research, teaching and service. The position will begin in August 2021, and PhD in hand is preferred.

    To apply go to or visit and reference posting number F1517. Salary shall be commensurate with experience.

    James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

  • Monday, December 07, 2020 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the NCPH and AASLH:

    Troubling reports of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in museums, historic sites, parks and educational institutions have been made public over the last few years. NCPH and AASLH have partnered to develop a survey to gather information in order to develop better policies for organizations and to create support networks to aid survivors.  The survey is only as useful as the data we gather, so please help us accumulate a wide range of responses from public historians across the country representing different stages in their careers; the spectrum of gender, race, sexual orientation and gender presentation; and varied institutions. This will be critical to our success. 

    You can access the survey here:

    For more on the background and goals of the survey, who should participate, what respondents should expect, and how to share please read this post on History@Work:

  • 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!

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