2021 Pacific Coast Branch Election

During the recent PCB-AHA election, two of the candidates tied for the third and last vacant seat in the Council. This runoff is to break the tie. Please vote for one of these two candidates by August 17, 2021. All PCB members received an email with the ballot link, or can find it on historians.org/myaha. AHA members living in the United States west of the Mississippi River or the western provinces of Canada are also PCB members. If you need any assistance, contact ltownsend@historians.org.

Council (select one)

Deborah Cohen

University of Missouri-St. Louis

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Deborah Cohen, associate professor of history/director of Latinx Studies at University of Missouri-St. Louis, brings questions of race, gender, imperialism, and labor to bear on nation-state formation and other political projects. Her first book, Braceros (Univ. of North Carolina, 2011; paperback, 2013) reveals the paradoxes of modernist political economies and the predicaments of transnational subjecthood in the United States and Mexico; whereas her new project, “Loyalty and Betrayal,” examines how transnational migration reshaped the pressures and pleasures of affective ties of family, race, ethnicity, and people-ness. She is also working on three co-authored books: on women’s participation in Mexico ’68; a global ’68 history; and one that uses Zorro films to map shifting imaginaries of political projects, economic orders, and notions of social justice.

Mustafah Dhada

California State University, Bakersfield

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Mustafah Dhada, born in Mozambique, educated by Comboni and Jesuit missionaries, spent eight years in madrassas and tekkes near the Afghan borders qualifying as an Imam and Sufi mystic. After a brief stint in Lusaka, Zambia, he landed in London on August 16, 1972, at 2:30 p.m. with a one-way ticket; 1500 pounds sterling in his pocket; and little to no English, determined to make it to Oxford, which he did in 1977, graduating with a doctorate on Portugal’s imperial end in West Africa. The text focused on a contest of two men-at-war, one a magnetic personality and a revolutionary intellectual, and the other a swashbuckling monocled cavalry officer with a Mephistophelian flair to seduce opponents of empire with weapons of economic plenty. An aberrant bullet killing the revolutionary changed the narrative, propelling the monocled cavalier to do the revolutionary’s own postmortem bidding. He turned the knives on the empire itself with a revolution of his own. His men marched the streets of Lisbon, guns muzzled with carnations, demanding an end to 500 years of colonial rule in Portuguese Africa. Like many immigrants of his generation, Dhada made ends meet to finance his studies working as a rockery gardener, a cook, a carpenter, a nonprofit activist, private tutor to the well-heeled, tutor at Keble College, Oxford, and sculpting assistant to a Paris-based sculptor. His postdoctorate life took equally dense geographic twists and professional turns, taking him to Switzerland; Central, South, Southeast Asia and the Far East; Africa and South America; Canada; and Europe. Dhada is multi-lingual, a twice-Fulbright awardee, an awardwinning sculptor, calligraphist, fast car enthusiast, purveyor of fashion and fine quills, and has spent the last 35e years, some of which were perilously filled with trauma, as a bone-whisperer, a forensic historian, coaxing bones and mordant voices to speak for the dead. Dhada is an award-winning instructor, and has penned numerous texts of which Warriors At Work is seen to be a central text of importance in the field. His recent work, The Portuguese Massacre of Wiriyamu in Colonial Mozambique, 1964–2013, won the AHA’s prestigious Martin A. Klein Prize in 2017. Dhada’s next texts will focus on aspects of American history.