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.

  • Patrick Manning

    President
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Patrick Manning is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History at the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Tyler E. Stovall

    President-elect
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Tyler Stovall is Distinguished Professor of History and dean of humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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  • Vicki L. Ruiz

    Past President
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Vicki L. Ruiz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at University of California, Irvine.

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  • Philippa Levine

    Vice President, Profession
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Philippa Levine teaches at the University of Texas at Austin and co-directs the program in British Studies.

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  • Edmund P. Russell

    Vice President, Research
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    Phone: (617) 353-2550
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    Edmund Russell is professor of history at Boston University. 

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  • Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt

    Vice President, Teaching
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt is the founding dean of the Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Honors College and Mandel Professor in Humanities at Cleveland State University.

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  • Debjani Bhattacharyya

    Councilor, Profession
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Debjani Bhattacharyya is assistant professor of history at Drexel University.

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  • Catherine A. Epstein

    Councilor, Profession
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Catherine Epstein is dean of the faculty and professor of history at Amherst College.

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  • Valerie Paley

    Councilor, Profession
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Valerie Paley is vice president, director of the Center for Women’s History, and chief historian of the New-York Historical Society in New York City.

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  • David A. Bell

    Councilor, Research
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    David A. Bell is Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Era of North Atlantic Revolutions at Princeton University.

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  • Farina Mir

    Concilor, Research
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Farina Mir is associate professor of history and director of the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan.

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  • James H. Sweet

    Councilor, Research
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    James H. Sweet is Vilas-Jartz Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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  • Jeffrey Bowman

    Councilor, Teaching
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (740) 427-5322
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    Jeffrey Bowman is a historian of medieval Europe at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

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  • Trinidad Gonzales

    Councilor, Teaching
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Trinidad Gonzales is the two-year institution representative for the AHA Teaching Division.

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  • Brenda J. Santos

    Councilor, Teaching
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Brenda J. Santos is director of secondary history at Achievement First.

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  • Chris McNickle

    Treasurer
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Chris McNickle is treasurer of the American Historical Association.

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  • Albert J. Beveridge

    Counsel
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Albert J. Beveridge is senior counsel with Beveridge & Diamond, PC, of which he is a founding partner.

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  • Michael Les Benedict

    Parliamentarian
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Michael Les Benedict is emeritus professor at the Ohio State University.

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