History Colloquium with Dr. Massimiliano Vitiello 1


Numerous organizations offer history students and professors opportunities for engagement with like-minded scholars, teachers, and public history professionals.

Academic organizations typically:

  • sponsor conferences that feature panels and presentations on research and teaching, and
  • provide settings for professional networking.

Some of the most popular academic organizations for UMKC historians include:

The American Historical Association

The AHA is the largest professional organization, serving historians in all fields and all professions. The AHA is a trusted voice advocating for history education, the professional work of historians, and the role of historical thinking in public life.  Its journal, The American Historical Review, is published quarterly.

The Organization of American Historians

The OAH is the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. The mission of the organization is to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history.  Its journal, The Journal of American History, is published quarterly.

The National Council on Public History

The NCPH inspires public engagement with the past.  It especially serves the needs of historical consultants, museum professionals, government historians, archivists, oral historians, film and media producers, and other practitioners who seek to engage the wider public in historical inquiry.

Phi Alpha Theta

ΦΑΘ is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history in all fields.  The society has more than 400,000 members nationwide.  It convenes regional conferences and an annual national meeting, and publishes the journal The Historian.  Contact the history clubs advisor, Dr. David Freeman, if you would like to be considered for admission into Phi Alpha Theta.

UMKC History Club

The UMKC History Club is open to undergraduate history majors and minors as well as honorary history buffs.  It is a social group looking for fun ways to indulge its members’ love of the past.  It is also a place where students exchange notes on history courses, graduate schools, and careers.  You may join the UMKC History Club through the RooGroups portal on the UMKC Student Government Organizations web site.

UMKC History Graduate Student Association
The UMKC History Graduate Student Association is open to MA and PhD history students. It is both a social and an academic organization that provides members with a sense of community and a source of professional and academic support. You may join the HGSA through the RooGroups portal on the UMKC Student Government Organizations web site.

In addition to the associations listed here, there are many others in many other fields—disciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature and on a regional, national, and international basis.

UMKC students are encouraged to identify and join appropriate associations in the academic subfields of their scholarship. They typically offer a student rate for membership.