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.

  • Mary Lindemann

    President
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Mary Lindemann is professor of history and chair of the Department of History at the University of Miami.

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  • Jacqueline Jones

    President-elect
    Contact Info:
    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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  • John R. McNeill

    Past President
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    John R. McNeill is professor of history at Georgetown University.

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  • Rita Chin

    Vice President, Profession
    Contact Info:
    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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  • Sophia Rosenfeld

    Vice President, Research
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Sophia Rosenfeld is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Laura McEnaney

    Vice President, Teaching
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Laura McEnaney is professor of history at Whittier College.

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  • Mary Elliott

    Councilor, Profession
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Mary Elliott is a museum specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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  • Reginald K. Ellis

    Councilor, Profession
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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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  • Nerina Rustomji

    Councilor, Profession
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Nerina Rustomji is assistant professor of history at St. John's University in Queens, New York

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  • Melissa Bokovoy

    Councilor, Research
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Melissa Bokovoy is professor of history at the University of New Mexico.

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  • Christopher Boyer

    Councilor, Research
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Christopher Boyer is professor of history and Latin American and Latino studies, and chair of the department of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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  • Sara Georgini

    Councilor, Research
    Contact Info:
    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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  • Shannon Bontrager

    Councilor, Teaching
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (619) 644-7758
    Email

    Shannon Bontrager is a professor of history at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville.

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  • Alexandra Hui

    Councilor, Teaching
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (740) 427-5322
    Email

    Alexandra Hui is a historian of science and modern Germany at Mississippi State University. 

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  • Craig Perrier

    Councilor, Teaching
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (203) 524-5150
    Email

    Craig Perrier is the high school social studies curriculum and instruction specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Virginia.

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  • Sarah Mellors

    Councilor, At Large
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Sarah Mellors is an assistant professor of history at Missouri State University. 

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  • William F. Wechsler

    Treasurer
    Contact Info:
    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
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
    Email

    James Grossman is executive director of the American Historical Association.

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  • Alex Lichtenstein

    ex officio as AHR Editor
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (812) 855-0923
    Email

    Alex Lichtenstein is the editor of the American Historical Review.

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  • Alison Dreizen

    Counsel
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
    Email

    Alison Dreizen is counsel at Carter Ledyard & Milburn, LLP.

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  • Kenneth F. Ledford

    Parliamentarian
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
    Email

    Kenneth F. Ledford is associate professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University.

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