The AskHistorians AMA
AskHistorians periodically hosts "Ask Me Anything" sessions - AMAs - with visiting academics interested in discussing their work with the general public. AMAs are live, online Q&A sessions conducted on the forum, with the readership of the site asking questions in real time for the guest to respond to. A typical AMA reaches 3-4,000 readers over an afternoon session, while especially popular ones have reached as high as 500,000 readers!
What Does an AMA Involve?
AMAs are a one-time commitment which generally last between 3 to 5 hours either in one single session, or spread out through the day. Traffic can vary depending on topic and day, but AMAs generally bring in dozens of questions, and thousands of readers. We've hosted hundreds of AMAs covering almost every corner of the historical field, and here are a few of our favorites from the past which can give you a better sense of the format and practice:
- Dr. Roel Konijnendijk on the Peloponnesian War
- Dr. Gavriel D. Rosenfeld on cultural memory of the Holocaust
- Dr. Ashley Farmer on African-American women's history
- Dr. David S. Anderson on the debunking of pseudoarchaeological claims
- Dr. Lorien Foote on honor and POWs in the American Civil War
- Dr. David Andress on the French Revolution
- Dr. Alex Wellerstein on the Manhattan Project
If you are interested in further discussion of an AMA opportunity or are all set to begin scheduling yours, you can reach our AMA Coordination team at AskHistoriansAMA@gmail.com
For a much more in-depth explanation of the AMA process, check out our AMA guide here: