Why You Should Join the African American Intellectual History Society

 AAIHS Bloggers Greg Childs, Chris Bonner, Chris Cameron, and Kami Fletcher at the Society for U.S. Intellectual History conference.
AAIHS Bloggers Greg Childs, Chris Bonner, Chris Cameron, and Kami Fletcher at the Society for U.S. Intellectual History conference.

At the recent conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), a few of our bloggers had the opportunity to discuss AAIHS with several academic publishers. We were excited to learn that acquisitions editors read the blog regularly and even used it as a recruiting tool for potential authors. One of these editors read a guest post on the blog a few months ago, contacted the author of the piece, and just signed a contract to publish his monograph with an academic press.

While this was an exciting discovery for us, it was by no means surprising. Since AAIHS was first established in January 2014, the organization has quickly emerged as a leader in the field and our blog is one of the most widely read academic blogs on the web. One participant at the ASALH conference noted that 80% of the African American history that he reads online comes directly from AAIHS.

We are incredibly proud of the impact that the AAIHS blog and organization has had on advancing the study of black intellectual history and supporting the careers of younger scholars in the field. We hope that you will be able to support our continued efforts by becoming a member of the organization today.

As a member, you will receive a discounted registration price for our annual conference and will be able to vote and run for future offices in the organization. Please follow the link below for additional information on how to become a member of AAIHS:

http://aaihs.org/membership-account/become-a-member/

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at our first annual conference scheduled to take place at UNC Chapel Hill from March 10-11, 2016.

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Keisha N. Blain

Keisha N. Blain is a historian of the 20th century United States with broad interdisciplinary interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). Follow her on Twitter @KeishaBlain.

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