Much of the policy and work of the Association is done through the Council, divisions, and committees of the American Historical Association. Members of the Council and divisions are elected to three-year terms. Members of the Nominating Committee and the Committee on Committees are also elected to three-year terms, the other committees are appointive positions.
The work of the Association is governed by the AHA Constitution (which lays out the basic structure for the organization), and bylaws (which describe how the organization actually functions).
AHA governance bodies issue statements on standards, best practices, and guidelines for the profession. Many of these documents, including the Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct, can be found here.
For a more detailed description of the work and relationships between the various divisions and committees, see the organization chart, and our summary of the Organization, Jurisdiction, and Operation of AHA Council and Divisions.
Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA
The Pacific Coast Branch (PCB) was organized in 1903 to serve members of the American Historical Association living in the United States west of the Mississippi River and the western provinces of Canada. All members of the AHA living in those areas, therefore, are also members of the branch.