Honorary Foreign Member
AHA members are invited to nominate distinguished foreign historians for this award. The Association has honored foreign scholars since 1885, when the AHA awarded Leopold von Ranke with its first testimonial of honorary membership.
According to the selection criteria, recipients of honorary memberships must be foreign scholars who are distinguished for their work in the field of history and who have markedly assisted the work of American historians in the scholar’s country. The AHA Council encourages nominations that address the need for broader geographic coverage; in recent years most nominations and honorees have been from western Europe. The Committee on Honorary Foreign Members and Awards for Scholarly Distinction will serve as the jury and will recommend an individual for approval by the Council. The Committee consists of the president, president-elect, and the immediate past president.
Nominations may be submitted at any time, but materials must be submitted by November 1, 2015, to be considered for the 2016 award, which will be presented at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver. It will be necessary to resubmit recommendations made earlier if they are to be considered again; files will not be reactivated. A complete nomination should include a letter of nomination that contains specific details addressing the criteria listed above, a two-page CV of the nominee with a summary of major publications, and a minimum of two supporting letters of recommendation. The package should not exceed 20 pages. Please email all submission materials to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include “Honorary Foreign Member: [Nominee’s Name]” in the subject line.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
2014 Honorary Foreign Member
Roger Chartier, Collège de France, Paris
Throughout his long career, most of it at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Roger Chartier has been a path-breaking and border-crossing historian. He reoriented the celebrated Annales school of historiography by incorporating cultural and intellectual life into its earlier focus on society and economy; he energized the field of the history of the book with studies of reading practices and attention to the ways the material features of texts shaped their uses and reception; joining literature to history, he explored early modern playwriting. Fluent in several languages, he routinely reaches out to colleagues in the United States, Spain, and Latin America. His robust American connection includes informal mentoring of young historians doing research in France and, since 2001, a regular visiting appointment at the University of Pennsylvania. As one of the letters endorsing his nomination for this honor aptly put it, Chartier is “a modern-day Erasmus.”