About Not From Here

Not From Here is a digital publication in the service of the history of immigration, race, and ethnicity, a single, trusted, scholarly online platform for all the latest news, ideas, and richness of migration history. There is a great wealth of historical research and resources on immigration emerging every day and they often speak directly to the current political moment. However, the connection between scholarship and politics, history and the news cycle, can be scattered and easily lost; that is why Not From Here is here to give you the most recent research about immigration with an incisive take on the making of history in the present moment. The mission of Not From Here is to combine historical scholarship with civic engagement, activism, and the online world of education and public discourse. We are proud to have featured leading ideas on immigration coming from the most talented book authors, educators, historians, activists, and graduate students from across the U.S and around the world.

Submit an Article

Not From Here is looking for contributor who can speak on the below topics:

  1. A reflection on one’s identity as a historian of immigration and race.
  2. A reflection on one’s research on migration as it relates to the personal and the political. For a sample reflection piece, please read Julia Rose Kraut’s “Threat of Dissent”: A Reflection on Writing the Book I Wanted to Read”
  3. An Op-ed piece on current politics and its relationship to history, such as an engaging essay on Black Lives Matter, Pandemic Xenophobia, etc. For a sample Op-Ed piece, please read Nick Bloom’s “Blaming Outside Agitators for Street Protests is Not a Distraction — It is an American Call to Arms.”
  4. A short analysis or anecdote on the archives, exploring oral history, visual history, and the research process.
  5. A thoughtful commentary on pedagogical theory, i.e. your personal experience of crafting a syllabus and teaching a lesson on immigration history.
  6. Lastly, we are open to any creative topics that promote the study of the history of immigration, ethnicity, and race.

New Not From Here series – “Authors on Authors”

We are also launching a new series titled, “Authors on Authors.” Two recent book authors will interview one another on their book and research. We will then distribute the interviews widely via IEHS twitter and IEHS facebook, besides publishing it on Not From Here. The purpose of “Authors on Authors” is to help promote new academic works and authors. The interview will all be conducted through a written format and you will receive as well as provide 5-10 interview questions.

Not From Here Submission Guidelines

  • Email editor Miguel Giron with your proposed “Not From Here” submission at notfromhere@iehs.org. You can either email a short abstract of 1-4 sentences or the complete article. If you are interested in the “Authors on Authors” series, please email Miguel stating your interest and a description of your research/book. You can already have a fellow author that you want to work with. If not, Not From Here will help pair you up with a fellow author.
  • Chicago Style: notes and bibliography
  • Please remember that you’re writing for a general audience. Use clear and compelling prose and avoid jargon. If you must use it, please define it for the reader.
  • Avoid the lengthy footnotes. Not From Here prefers that you make good use of hyperlinks. Rather than include countless footnotes to several books, consider including fewer footnotes and a few hyperlinks directly to the books or articles you are citing.
  • Come up with a creative and catchy title. Please note that the blog editor might alter your title with your permission.
  • Image: optional but recommended. Please note that the blog editor might find images to accompany your work with your permission.
  • 12-point font, Times New Roman, single-space.
  • Word count: flexible based on topic.
  • End essay with author/writer introduction.

Not From Here Graduate Student Awards


You are eligible if you have submitted and published at least one article for Not From Here during an academic school year. You would need to be a graduate student when the article was first submitted. You would also need to self nominate one article to the editor of Not From Here by a yearly designated deadline.

Recipient Selection, Acknowledgement, and Reward

The graduate student authors of the best three digital publications will receive a yearlong student membership to the IEHS, and the best publication out of the three will receive an award of $100 and recognition at the IEHS Awards ceremony in addition to a yearlong membership to the society. Awards will be given at the end of each academic school year around the mont of June. For the year of 2021, the self-nomination deadline for graduate students’ articles to be considered for awards is June 15th.

The selection criteria will be based on the writers’ creative use of the digital platform, their adeptness in Op-Ed (non-academic) style language, their engagement with current politics/activism, and their depth and innovation in historical research.

The selection committee will be the two digital humanities interns, R. Bryan Zehngut-Willits, Chienyn Chi, as well as the acting president of IEHS.