IEHS is the leading academic organization for the study of the history of immigration to North America from all parts of the world.

Founded in 1965 in honor of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, which overturned a long and painful legacy of discriminatory nationality quotas, the organization is committed to community, dialogue, and openness. With over 500 individual and institutional members, IEHS offers a robust network that pushes the boundaries of knowledge on the historical experiences of migration to North America.

Why Join IEHS

We invite you to become part of this vibrant discussion, carried out in the Journal of American Ethnic History, a quarterly peer-reviewed research journal to which members receive subscriptions. Members are automatically enrolled in our executive email announcements, in which members of the IEHS board share important information as well as the biannual newsletter.

IEHS officially convenes at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, where the organization sponsors presentation panels and holds social events. IEHS also sponsors panels at the AHA and other conferences.

To promote the academic and public engagement work of IEHS members, the Society maintains an opt-in publicly searchable membership database. This feature of the website allows members to find fellow members and showcase the important work you do. It also allows public facing organizations, legal advocacy groups, and individuals working in news media to find you in their searches for immigration experts.

IEHS offers a range awards and prizes in recognition of groundbreaking research in the study of immigration to North America.

Become a Member of IEHS

Sign up for IEHS membership through University of Illinois Press website


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