2018 AHA Election: Committees

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee makes nominations for all elective posts in the AHA, oversees the counting of ballots, and reports the results of the election to the membership. Returning members are Carin Berkowitz, Science History Institute (modern British and American medical sciences and visual culture); Kathleen Brosnan, Univ. of Oklahoma (environmental, transnational history of wine); Purnima Dhavan, Univ. of Washington (Mughal literary cultures, early modern information networks); Laurent Dubois, Duke Univ. (Haitian revolution, Afro-Atlantic religion and cultural, Caribbean); Susannah R. Ottaway, Carleton Coll. (British social, European family); and Gabriel Paquette, Johns Hopkins Univ. (Spain and Portugal and their colonies, comparative imperial).

Slot 1

Daniel Greene

Northwestern University and guest curator, US Holocaust Memorial Museum (public history/museums, Holocaust/American response)

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Candidate Statement

For the past few years, I’ve been impressed with and contributed to the progress the AHA has made toward thinking about career diversity. During my career as a historian, I’ve held a variety of jobs both within academia and public history institutions, including staff positions in museums and at an independent research library. In all of this work, I’ve thought about the many ways that people engage with history—in classrooms and at historic sites as well as in archives, museums, libraries, and beyond. I believe deeply in finding opportunities for historians to reach and educate many audiences, including students, teachers at all levels, and the ever-elusive “general public.” If I become a member of the AHA’s Nominating Committee, I would try to ensure that the AHA remain committed to diversity in all its forms and to serving as broad a public as possible, whenever possible.

Brandon L. Johnson

New Mexico Humanities Council (US West, military)

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Candidate Statement

I was partway through my PhD program when I realized that I would not pursue a “traditional” academic position: my developing interests in public humanities work and nonprofit administration pushed me to parlay my advanced education into securing a meaningful nonacademic career. I have spent my entire work life in government administration (at the National Endowment for the Humanities), in small nonprofits engaged in providing wide public access to humanistic knowledge, and in adjunct teaching. I believe people who have followed similar career paths can help lead the AHA into a future where greater professional diversity becomes the foundation of disciplinary strength. As a leading voice in the creation of the Next Generation Humanities PhD Grant initiative at NEH, I worked to advance this vision, and I will continue to advocate for this priority—and the values of openness, creativity, and collaboration—as a member of the Nominating Committee.

Slot 2

Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Loyola University Chicago (19th-century US social, urban)

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Candidate Statement

The primary mandate of the AHA Nominating Committee is inclusion. Every effort should be made to insure the representation of as many groups as possible, including those based on gender, race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, physical ability, political ideology, and region of study. Inclusion, however, is easier said than done. My experiences as a high school teacher, college professor, department chair, history fair board director, historical society trustee, and history association president have taught me that many ways exist to create a more inclusive classroom, curriculum, and profession. My service on editorial boards, library and other search committees, public history institutions, and promotion review committees has broadened my perception of and appreciation for our highly diverse profession. If elected, I will apply the lessons learned from these experiences and service. I am honored and humbled to be considered for serving on the AHA Nominating Committee.

Karin Wulf

Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, College of William & Mary (early America, women and gender, family)

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Candidate Statement

I’m delighted to be nominated for this particular committee. Strong, transparent governance processes are essential for every organization, and as such Nominating Committees play a crucial role. The nominating committee must attend to the AHA’s mission to represent the historical profession in its many dimensions, seeking out nominees for officers and committee memberships with the widest possible range of experiences and perspectives. As a historian of early American and women’s history, a teacher and mentor of students, and a campus organizer for Neurodiversity, I’ve appreciated the AHA’s efforts to surface issues of field, career, and institutional diversity. As the director of a research organization and a publisher, as well as a scholar and faculty member, I’m also concerned about the complexity of scholarly communications, and have prioritized learning about, hosting, and participating in discussions and projects in an area that has such profound implications for historians’ work.

Slot 3

Tonio A. Andrade

Emory University (China, global, early modern European colonialism)

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Candidate Statement

I’m a historian of global history with a focus on China and its relations with the outside world. Much of my work has focused on understanding the ways that humans have interacted across cultural and political boundaries, at both the micro and macro levels. I’m also interested in how historians can better communicate across our traditional geographical and chronological field boundaries, which are still built into the structures of our institutions—departments, committees, professional organizations. I believe that the more we connect with others the more exciting and inclusive our teaching and scholarship become. In terms of nominations, I’m interested in the issue of diversity—especially in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and, most importantly, class. The AHA has made significant strides in inclusiveness, but we still have a long way to go, and the Nominating Committee plays an essential role.

Akiko Takenaka

University of Kentucky (Japanese war responsibility/reconciliation, cultural heritage, gender)

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Candidate Statement

If elected to the nominating committee, I will increase the diversity and breadth of AHA. Both my training and career experience have prepared me for this. I am trained in multiple disciplines: history, gender studies, visual culture, and architecture. I have taught at institutions ranging from top-tier universities (Yale, Chicago, and Michigan), land-grant universities (Kentucky), as well as career-focused institutions (Wentworth Institute of Technology). My network of scholars worldwide is broad and diverse: I am on the editorial board of two journals (Gender and History, and Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics); I am a member of the North East Asia Council for the Association of Asian Studies. As a former field editor for dissertationreviews.org, I am familiar with the trends and works of more recent PhDs. Especially because the future of humanities is uncertain, I am committed to strengthening the discipline of history.