History & Historiography (F)
History & Historiography (F)
Welcome to the Division F Website

Division F’s Collective Statement:

“Connecting the Dots: The Historian’s Role in 21st  Century Race Relations” 

As we witness the heinous acts of violence towards Black people, let us not forget education’s historical role in dehumanizing Black children. Combatting institutional and societal racism is a shared responsibility; it is not one that should be borne solely by Black scholars or by those working specifically on race-related topics. As citizen-scholars we urge you not only to use the past to inform the present, but, also, to enact change. This is more than a statement affirming what we already know; it is a fervent call to action.

Historians of education have a rich literature that documents activist scholarship in the service of dismantling the racial inequities firmly embedded within the American caste system (Isabel Wilkerson).Second class citizenship was imposed upon the freedmen after the Civil War, yet it was those same freed people who guaranteed education in southern state legislatures (James Anderson). Historians, sociologists, and psychologists used social science research to aid the work of civil rights attorneys in desegregating public schools (John Hope Franklin).

The global coronavirus health crisis has exposed what historians of education have been documenting for decades, namely, that the gross disparities/inequities in health, education, housing, labor, prisons, police brutality, and suppression of voting rights is a function of denying citizenship to generations of Black children and families. This denial of full citizenship has a direct impact upon the wellbeing of Black people, including and especially the young Black students in our schools.

Division F challenges historians of education to intervene in local governance, in the classroom, at faculty meetings, in the public forum, and in the development of curricula. Institutions of higher education brazenly highlight a rhetoric of diversity and inclusion in their mission statements yet fail abysmally to put them into practice as evidenced by the numbers, retention, and support of Black students and Black faculty.

To that end, the leadership of Division F has committed to a set of several key initiatives; compiling a list of important resources including syllabi that will be featured on our updated webpage; focused conference sessions addressing current issues; developing a social media presence; fostering partnerships across Divisions and SIGs; and crafting a robust and meaningful conference that speaks to urgent educational issues. We welcome your contributions and suggestions, in addition to your proposal submissions, as we work collectively to respond to the crises of our time. 


AERA Division F Officers

Mentoring Opportunities


This year’s Division F Mentoring Seminar, “History, (In)Equities, and Complicity: The Indispensable Role of Historians in Educational Research for Justice,” will be held over two sessions during the AERA 2021 virtual meeting.

This seminar will provide panel discussions led by distinguished leaders in the field. It will also place accepted applicants with a mentor to foster professional development and cultivate a lasting professional relationship. Throughout the sessions, our focus will be the role of historians in educational research for justice.

If you are a graduate student or junior faculty member interested in participating in the Division F Mentoring Seminar, please submit both a curriculum vitae and cover letter addressing the following components: 1) your research interests; 2) progress in your graduate program or your career path; and 3) how you plan to utilize the seminar for the advancement of your career.

Please also indicate whether you have attended a Division F mentoring program before. You can email applications (and any questions) with the subject heading “Division F Mentoring Seminar Application” to Matthew Gardner Kelly at mgk76@psu.edu.

The application is due Friday, February 12th and participants will be notified by February 26th. Spaces are limited so please apply or encourage graduate students and junior faculty to apply early.

2021 The New Scholar's Book Award

The New Scholar’s Book Award
History of Education
American Educational Research Association - Division F

The American Educational Research Association, Division F, is pleased to announce the biennial competition for its New Scholar’s Book Award in the history of education. The Prize Committee solicits nominations of books that fulfill the following criteria:

· Subject: The History of Education

· Authors: A first non-edited, scholarly book (this should be the first book for all authors if it is a co-authored book)

· Publication Date: The book must have been copyrighted in 2019 or 2020

· Nominations: Books may be nominated by the authors, presses, or other scholars. Presses or authors nominating themselves should submit a copy of the book to each member of the committee by February 15, 2021. Other scholars may make a nomination by that date via email to all members of the committee.

The prize will be announced, and the $250 prize awarded at the AERA Annual Meeting in April 2021

Committee Members for the 2021 New Scholar’s Book Award:

David F. Labaree
Stanford Graduate School of Education

Katherine Perrotta
Mercer University 

Derek Taira
University of Hawai’i-Mānoa 

To submit, mail books to each committee member:

David F. Labaree
2579 Greer Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Katherine Perrotta
5560 Oxborough Way
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Derek Taira
University of Hawai’i-Mānoa College of Education
Educational Foundations, Wist Hall Rm 113
1776 University Ave
Honolulu, HI 96822

Previous Winners Include:

2019 Michelle Purdy, Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools. University of North Carolina Press.

2017 Co-Winner: Crystal Sanders. A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle. University of North Carolina Press.

2017 Co-Winner: Jon Hale, The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Columbia University Press.

2015 Karen Rader and Victoria Cain, Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century. University of Chicago Press

2021 Graduate Student Paper Award

Graduate Student Paper Award
American Educational Research Association - Division F

Division F awards a biennial prize of $300 for the best graduate student paper presented at AERA in the field of educational history. Nominations by faculty, graduate advisors, discussants, chairs, and self-nominations by students are welcome. The paper must have been presented during either the 2019 or 2020 meeting.

Committee members for the 2021 Best Graduate Student Paper Award:

Jonathan Anuik, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Jelani M. Favors, Clayton State University

Cherlyn A. Johnson, Virginia State University

To submit, please email a PDF of the paper in MS Word to each committee member: Jonathan Anuik, anuik@ualberta.ca; Jelani M. Favors, JelaniFavors@clayton.edu; and Cherlyn A. Johnson, CaJohnson@vsu.edu

All paper submissions are due by 5pm (EST) on February 10, 2021. The winner will be announced, and prize awarded during the Division F Business Meeting at the 2021AERA virtual meeting.

Previous Winners:

2015: Matthew Gardner Kelly

2013: Robert Gross

2011: Ethan Hutt

2009: Dee Ann Grove

2007: Heidi Matiyow Rosenberg

2006: Heather Weaver

2005: Carolyn Eick

2004: Karen Benjamin

2003: Catherine Gavin Loss

Designed by Weber-Shandwick   Powered by eNOAH