2022 Pacific Coast Branch Election

The PCB-AHA Nominations Committee submits the following nominations for the 2021 election. Balloting will begin July 18 and close on July 29, 2022, at 11:59 pm Eastern time. 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.

President-elect (select one)

Ben Mutschler

Oregon State University

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Ben Mutschler is associate professor of history at Oregon State University and former director of OSU’s School of History, Philosophy, and Religion. An historian of early North America with a focus on the history of disease and disability, he has published most recently The Province of Affliction: Illness and the Making of Early New England (Chicago, 2020). Mutschler’s new book project examines the ways in which discussions of citizenship in the era of the American Revolution engaged questions of ability and disability. What qualities of body, mind, and temperament separated the monarchical subject from the new republican citizen? His work has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is currently treasurer of the PCB.

Council (select three)

Lily Lucas Hodges


Lily Lucas Hodges received their PhD in US history from the University of California, Davis, in 2020 after completing a dissertation on the AIDS epidemic in New Orleans. A dedicated teacher, they have taught in many environments, including public and private four-year institutions, high school, and inside San Quentin State Prison through Mt. Tam College (formerly Prison University Project). They are currently helping train California Community College faculty and staff in creating safe zones for LGBTQIA students in addition to creating and teaching the first LGBTQ History courses in colleges around Southern California.

Ari Kelman

University of California, Davis

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Ari Kelman is Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of History and faculty advisor to the chancellor and provost at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (Hill and Wang, 2015), A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard University Press, 2013), and A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (University of California Press, 2003). Kelman’s essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, The Nation, Slate, the Times Literary Supplement, and many others. He is now working on a book titled For Liberty and Empire: How the Civil War Bled into the Indian Wars and editing the journal Reviews in American History.

Jessica Ordaz

University of Colorado Boulder

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Jessica Ordaz is assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado. She received her doctorate in American history from the University of California, Davis. During the 2017–18 academic year, Ordaz was the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, focused on comparative racial capitalism. Her first book, The Shadow of El Centro: A History of Migrant Incarceration and Solidarity, was released in 2021. Her second project explores the history of veganism and plant-based foods throughout the Americas, focusing on colonization, food politics, and social justice.

Kenneth Osgood

Colorado School of Mines

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Kenneth Osgood is a historian of the 20th-century United States, and the author or editor of five books, including Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad, winner of the Herbert Hoover Book Award, and Winning While Losing? Civil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama (edited with Derrick E. White). He has held research fellowships and distinguished visiting professorships with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard, Williams College, Ohio State, University College Dublin, and the University of California, San Diego. A former associate editor of Diplomatic History, Ken has done extensive professional service for the AHA, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Library of Congress, and other scholarly organizations. He received his PhD from UC Santa Barbara, and is currently professor of history at Colorado School of Mines, an R1 institution of science and technology.

Bob Reinhardt

Boise State University

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Bob Reinhardt is an associate professor of history at Boise State University, where he works in the fields of environmental history, public history, the history of the American West, and the history of public health. His current research project, The Atlas of Drowned Towns (drownedtowns.com), is a multimedia and multiplatform public history project that explores the histories of the dozens of communities in the American West inundated by dam construction in the 20th century. Bob is the author of Struggle on the North Santiam: Power and Community on the Margins of the American West and The End of a Global Pox: America and the Eradication of Smallpox in the Cold War Era. Bob is the director of Boise State University's Working History Center, an initiative that advocates for and demonstrates the vitality and relevancy of history.

Honor Sachs

University of Colorado Boulder

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Honor Sachs is a historian of early North America with a focus on gender, race, slavery, and law in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Her first book, Home Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier (Yale Univ. Press, 2015) is a study of gender and state formation in the era of the American Revolution. With the generous support of organizations such as the American Philosophical Society and the National Humanities Center, she has begun writing a new book about an enslaved Virginia family that sued for freedom over several generations claiming Indigenous ancestry. Before coming to the University of Colorado, she spent the majority of her academic career in contingent faculty positions, an experience that shaped her deep concern for the precarity of academia and underscored the urgent need to advocate for the humanities. She has served in a number of appointed and elected positions for the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. In her teaching and service, she always looks for new applications of historical ideas and support professional outreach through social media, public history, and creative endeavors.

Nominating Committee (select one)

Sarah H. Case

University of California, Santa Barbara

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Sarah H. Case is a continuing lecturer in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, teaching courses in public history, women’s history, and history of the South. She is the editor of The Public Historian, a journal focused on publicly engaged historical scholarship. She is the author of Leaders of Their Race: Educating Black and White Women in the New South (Illinois, 2017) and articles on women and education, reform, and commemoration. Currently she is serving on the Long-Range Plan Committee for the National Council on Public History (NCPH). As journal editor she is ex officio member of the NCPH board. She has served as the public history coordinator for the Coordinating Council for Women in History.

Amrit Deol

California State University, Fresno


Amrit Deol is lecturer in the Anthropology and Asian American Studies Department at California State University, Fresno. Prior to coming to Fresno State, she received her PhD in interdisciplinary humanities from the University of California, Merced. Her current book project, Waves of Revolution: Interrogations of Sikh Political and Spiritual Subjectivities in Punjab and the American West, 1900–1928, explores the intellectual history of nonsecular traditions in the anticolonial Ghadar Party. More broadly, she is interested in race, religion, and empire in relation to anticolonial movements in Punjab and the North American West. She has published in Sikh Formations and the Journal of Punjab Studies and is currently serving on the book review editorial team for Sikh Formations.