AHA Council

The primary governing body of the Association is the Council, whose members are elected annually by the AHA membership. The Council cares for the general interests of the Association by conducting business, setting policy, and overseeing the financial and legal matters of the organization.

The Council is comprised of:

  • six elected officers: the president, president-elect, immediate past president, and the vice presidents of the Professional, Research, and Teaching divisions
  • ten elected councilors: three members representing each division and one at-large member with no divisional responsibilities
  • three appointed officers: the executive director, the editor of the American Historical Review, and the treasurer as nonvoting members

Officers of the organization, the terms of office, and the annual AHA election process are defined in the AHA Constitution & Bylaws.

See the list of past members.

  • James H. Sweet

    President
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    James H. Sweet is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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  • Jacqueline Jones

    Past President
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Jacqueline Jones is Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women's History and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Edward Muir

    President-elect
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Edward Muir is the Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.

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  • Rita Chin

    Vice President, Professional Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Rita Chin is professor of history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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  • Ben Vinson III

    Vice President, Research Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Ben Vinson III is provost and executive vice president at Case Western Reserve University.

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  • Kathleen Hilliard

    Vice President, Teaching Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Kathleen Hilliard is associate professor of history and director of graduate education at Iowa State University.

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  • Reginald K. Ellis

    Council Member, Professional Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Reginald Ellis is an associate professor of history and the assistant dean in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Florida A&M University.

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  • Simon Finger

    Council Member, Professional Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Simon Finger teaches at The College of New Jersey.

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  • Laura Hostetler

    Council Member, Professional Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Laura Hostetler is Professor of History and Director of the Engaged Humanities Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

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  • Sara Georgini

    Council Member, Research Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Sara Georgini is series editor for The Papers of John Adams, part of the Adams Papers editorial project based at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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  • Sandra E. Greene

    Council Member, Research Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Sandra E. Greene is the Stephen ’59 and Madeline ’60 Anbinder Professor of African History and a Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University.

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  • Pernille Røge

    Council Member, Research Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Pernille Røge is associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Shannon Bontrager

    Council Member, Teaching Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Shannon Bontrager is a professor of history at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville.

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  • Karen Marrero

    Council Member, Teaching Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Karen Marrero is an historian of early North American, Native American, and borderlands history at Wayne State University in Detroit. 

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  • Katharina Matro

    Council Member, Teaching Division
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Katharina Matro teaches at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland.

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  • Sherri Sheu

    Council Member, At Large
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Sherri Sheu is a research associate at the National Museum of American History and an ABD student at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

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  • William F. Wechsler

    Treasurer
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    William F. Wechsler is senior advisor, Middle East Programs, Atlantic Council.

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  • Jim Grossman

    ex officio as Executive Director
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    James Grossman is executive director of the American Historical Association.

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  • Mark Philip Bradley

    ex officio as AHR Editor
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    Phone: 202-544-2422
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    Mark Philip Bradley is the editor of the American Historical Review.

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  • Alison Dreizen

    Counsel
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Alison Dreizen is counsel at Carter Ledyard & Milburn, LLP.

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  • Kenneth F. Ledford

    Parliamentarian
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Kenneth F. Ledford is associate professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University.

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