Member Benefits

Being a member of the American Historical Association gives you access to valuable publications, resources, and discounts and to a diverse and vibrant network of over 13,000 historians. More important, your membership supports the Association's advocacy work on behalf of the discipline, enabling us to provide leadership on issues ranging from academic freedom and archival access to the central place of history in public culture.


American Historical Review

The journal of record for the discipline of history. Published five times per year. Now available for mobile or on MY AHA under Publications.

Perspectives on History

The principal newsmagazine for information about the historical discipline. Published nine times a year, September through May. All members receive a print copy, unless they opt-out. Electronic copy available.

Annual Meeting Program

Details about the annual meeting, held each January. Mailed to all AHA members in November.

Directory of History Departments and Organizations

Comprehensive information about historians and programs across the United States and Canada. Published annually.

Fortnightly News

Biweekly news from around the history discipline emailed to all AHA members.

AHA Store Discount

The AHA's diverse publishing program offers texts for students, teachers, professional historians, and the public. AHA members receive 30% all publications available through the AHA Store.

Member Services Program

Receive the AHA’s series of booklets and/or current editions of the Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians by joining the Member Services Program.

Networking and Career Advancement

AHA Grants

The AHA sponsors four small grant-in-aid programs that are available to members only. All grants are offered annually and are intended to further research in progress. Preference is given to advanced doctoral students, non-tenured faculty, and unaffiliated scholars. They may be used for travel to a library or archive; microfilming, photography, or photocopying; borrowing or access fees; and similar research expenses.

AHA Communities

Members can communicate and collaborate with other historians in this new online networking opportunity. AHA Communities includes discussion forums, blogs, a directory, and a glossary. Members can form their own communities to discuss specific topics or concerns, as well as create their own blogs.

AHA Career Center

All jobs posted on the AHA Career Center are accessible freely to the public. AHA institutional members receive a discount on placement of job ads on this enhanced web platform.


Interfolio is an online service that streamlines the application process for job seekers by delivering and collecting professional dossiers. AHA members receive a complimentary subscription to use the Interfolio Dossier service. Users can manage multiple letters of recommendation, upload writing samples, choose which materials will be delivered to prospective employers, and create professional portfolios to showcase their work. Log in to MY AHA for a discount code to sign up or renew.

Joint Membership with Other Associations

Community College Humanities Association

For an added fee of $35 paid when joining or renewing, AHA members receive $5 off an annual membership in the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA). Membership benefits include publications; the peer-reviewed annual journal, Community College Humanities Review; and the tri-annual newsletter, the Community College Humanist, as well as reduced registration fees at CCHA conferences.

Society for History Education

K-12 members receive a special joint membership with the Society for History Education. This includes a subscription to The History Teacher, a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes inspirational scholarship on traditional and unconventional techniques in history education.

American Political Science Association

For an added fee of $75 paid when joining or renewing, AHA members receive a joint associate membership in the American Political Science Association.  APSA associate membership includes the choice of ONE print subscription to the following scholarly journals: American Political Science Review (APSR), Perspectives on Politics, or PS: Political Science and Politics (PS).  Members will continue to receive online access to all three journals.  Additional benefits include discounts on the APSA annual meeting and other services.

Free and Discounted Subscriptions to Other Scholarly Publications


Members of the American Historical Association are able to purchase a one-year JPASS access plan for $99—a 50% discount on the listed rate. JPASS includes unlimited reading and 120 article downloads—not only to the American Historical Review but to more than 1,500 humanities, social science, and science journals in the JSTOR archival collections.

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Free access for members in MY AHA.

Oxford University Press

AHA members can save 25% on books from Oxford University Press through a special online store.

American National Biography Online

The American National Biography is a 24 volume biographical encyclopedia set containing approximately 17,400 entries and 20 million words, first published in 1999 by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. AHA Member price: $30

Grove Art Online

Offering unrivalled breadth and depth of content, a wide range of search options, and extensive links to images from galleries and museums around the world, Grove Art Online, now available through Oxford Art Online, is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of art from prehistory to the present day. AHA Member price: $30

Grove Music Online

This invaluable research tool brings together 50,000 articles on all aspects of music, sophisticated search and browse capabilities, Sibelius-enabled musical examples, and extensive links to musical sites on the Internet, making it the unsurpassed musical authority. Now accessible through the Oxford Music Online gateway, and cross-searchable with the new Encyclopedia of Popular Music. AHA Member price: $30

Oxford African American Studies Center

The Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. AHA Member price: $30

Social Explorer

Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to historical census data and demographic information. It creates fast, intuitive, and appealing maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. AHA Member price: $30

Choice Reviews Online

AHA members have complimentary access to Choice Reviews Online. A publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, Choice carries over 7,000 reviews of new scholarly books and electronic resources annually. Its online database holds reviews of over 160,000 titles extending back to September 1988. Choice aims to produce reviews that are “concise, authoritative, and timely.”

History Compass

For an added fee of $31 paid when joining or renewing, AHA members save $53 on a regular subscription to History Compass, a cutting-edge online journal that publishes peer-reviewed survey articles of the most important research and current thinking from across the entire discipline.

ACLS Humanities E-Book

For an added fee of $25 paid when joining or renewing, AHA members save $15 on electronic access to the ACLS Humanities E-Book, with cross-searchable, full texts of nearly 2,700 high-quality books in history and the humanities from over 90 university presses, sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies.

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Receive $5 off your one-year subscription to the Chicago Manual of Style Online.

Pacific Historical Review

Members receive a 20% discount on subscriptions to the Pacific Historical Review.

The History Teacher

For an added fee of $32.50 paid when joining or renewing, members receive a 15% discount on an annual subscription to The History Teacher, a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal from the Society for History Education that publishes inspirational scholarship on traditional and unconventional techniques in history education.

Ideas Roadshow

Get access to a full library of in-depth, long-format conversations with top academics across a variety of disciplines. AHA members get 50% off an annual subscription to Ideas Roadshow, which includes audio and video episodes (available streaming or downloadable), as well as eBooks.

Travel Savings

Time Travelers

AHA members receive discounts on museum admission and more through Time Travelers reciprocal membership program.

Capitol Hill Hotel

Visitors to Washington, DC, can stay blocks from the Library of Congress for a discounted rate at the Capitol Hill Hotel.

Advantage Rent-a-Car

Get a special discount for Advantage Rent A Car at their nationwide locations.