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.

  • 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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    Time: Oct 15, 2020 04:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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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

  • Friday, August 14, 2020 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Watch "Research in the Era of Covid-19" Now!

    About the webinar: 

    "The current pandemic has transformed the life and work of colleges and universities around the world. Institutions of higher education shifted online; students, faculty, and staff departed campuses; libraries, archives, and special collections closed. Institutions also limited or prohibited faculty, staff, and student travel for conducting or presenting research.

    Many of these closures, limitations, and prohibitions remain in place, and the future of research remains uncertain. Consequently, historians face a significant challenge: how to teach and conduct research with restricted movement, limited institutional support, and unpredictable access to libraries, archives, and special collections?

    Librarians, archivists, and scholars responded in June with a webinar on online resources for research centered on the West. Now, we offer a second webinar on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 430-600 PM (EDT), featuring:

    • Gordon Chang (Stanford University) on The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project
    • Sam Herley (University of South Dakota) and Greg Thompson (University of Utah) on digital Indigenous oral history collections
    • Jackie Reese and Laurie Scrivener (University of Oklahoma) on how to make more of resources and collections at home institutions and libraries."

    To watch a recording of the second webinar, use this link:

    Watch the first part here:

    For more resources, check out this google drive:

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work from all areas of the humanities are encouraged to apply.

    Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Located in the vibrant Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, in-house dining, and superb library services that deliver all research materials.

    Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 8, 2020. For more information and to apply, please visit:

    Application requirements:

    Fellowship applicants are asked to complete the online application form and to upload the following documents:

     1,000-word project proposal

     Short bibliography (up to 2 pages)

     Curriculum vitae (up to 4 pages)

     One-page tentative outline of the structure of the project (if the project is a book, provide an outline of chapters; otherwise, give an outline of the components of the project and their progress to date)

    Applicants will also be asked to provide names and contact information for three references. References will receive an email prompt inviting them to upload a letter on behalf of the applicant.

    Questions can be emailed to

  • Monday, August 03, 2020 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Patty Limerick, faculty director and chair of the board of CU Boulder’s Center of the American West, was just appointed to the Colorado State Geographic Naming Advisory Board! 

    Read more about Limerick and her appointment here: 

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