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 Beth Norton

    President
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Mary Beth Norton is Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University.

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  • John McNeill

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

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  • Tyler E. Stovall

    Past President
    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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  • Kevin Boyle

    Vice President, Profession
    Contact Info:
    Phone: (202) 544-2422
    Email

    Kevin Boyle is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Suzanne L. Marchand

    Councilor, Profession
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Suzanne L. Marchand is LSU Systems Boyd Professor of European Intellectual History at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

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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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  • Becky M. Nicolaides

    Councilor, Research
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    Phone: (202) 544-2422
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    Becky M. Nicolaides specializes in the history of American cities, suburbs, and metro areas.

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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
    Email

    Jeffrey Bowman is a historian of medieval Europe at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

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  • Carlos Alberto Contreras

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

    Carlos Alberto Contreras is professor of history at Grossmont College in San Diego.

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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
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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
    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
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    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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