WAWH Scholars & New Leaders Program
Intersectionality, Collaboration, and Professionalism
As calendar year 2022 closes, we mark the half-way point of our SHARP grant activities. At Portland State University in December, participants learned about digital humanities from two wonderful experts. The first was Dr. Jeanette Jones of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and the second was Dr. Ashley Sanders of UCLA. Dr. Jones and her colleague Kaci Nash from the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at UNL walked us through their pathbreaking multi-year, grant-funded project “To Enter Africa from America: The United States, Africa, and the New Imperialism, 1862-1919. Dr. Sanders, who teaches digital humanities, ran an engaging hands-on workshop covering a variety of technologies. All of the slides from the workshop are free and available online at What you Missed in Grad School: Digital Historical Research Methods.
SHARP grant background: The Western Association of Women Historians was awarded funding from the American Historical Association’s Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program, which provides relief to institutions adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
In partnership with the UC Consortium for Women’s Gender and Sexuality Histories in the Americas, WAWH has planned a series of professional development activities for graduate students and early career scholars for academic year 2022-23. Individual participants are compensated $500 per session attended on zoom and $750 for the single in-person digital training day in Portland, Oregon. Sessions are designed for six participants (four graduate students and two early career historians) and two conveners. All participants are expected to have their WAWH membership current.
We intend to capture as much of our shared learning as possible and plan to create a library of reflections, writings, and even video or other digital assets. Archiving these materials will help us share our insights among members as well as with the American Historical Association. The AHA is very eager to learn about the results of this year of rebuilding among the 50 awarded organizations. As you can see from the final grant proposal WAWH submitted in December, our hope is that participants will make a commitment to serving in an active leadership role in our organization in the future.
List of convening faculty:
Ellen Hartigan O’Connor, UC Davis
Annelise Heinz, University of Oregon
Lisa Materson, UC Davis
Patricia Schechter, Portland State University
Ula Y. Taylor, UC Berkeley
Jessica Weiss, Cal State University East Bay
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, UC Irvine
Rebecca Kluchin, California State University, Sacramento
Alejandra Dubovsky, University of California, Riverside