Journalists seeking fresh, fast, and thoughtful insight from the nation’s foremost historians can now consult a database of experts assembled by the Organization of American Historians.
It is available here: www.americanhistoryexperts.org.
Over 650 historians are ready to comment on current events and can provide a quick quote on deadline or schedule a longer conversation to place complicated issues in historical context. The database is available to all members of the media–local, national, and international; broadcast, print, and online–and the OAH curates it on a regular basis as topics develop and new, diverse historians emerge ready to add their voices to the conversation.
Journalists will find bios for each historian and examples of their previous work with the media. They can search by categories that cover all subjects and eras of U.S. history including politics, civil rights, women, race relations, immigration, religion, business and capitalism, environmental protection, monuments and memorials, agriculture and food, presidents, constitutional law, and sports.
“As both an organization and as individual members, the OAH strongly encourages the wide discussion of historical questions,” said OAH executive director Katherine Finley. “A free and open press is crucial to these discussions in our society today.”
This free database was made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.