Vice President, Professional Division


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Rita Chin is professor of history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she writes and teaches about post-1945 Europe with a focus on immigration, race, and ethnicity. She is the author of The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe: A History (2017) and The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany (2007) and co-author of After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Beyond (2009). Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, American Council of Learned Societies, Institute for Advanced Study, and Guggenheim Foundation. She is currently serving as associate dean for the social sciences of Rackham Graduate School. In her capacity as vice president for the Professional Division, she is committed to supporting a more robust and expansive vision of the historian’s work and why it matters. She is especially energized to help shape the direction of the profession in a period when the discipline is confronting the limits of employment within the academy. And she is dedicated to upholding the ethical standards, responsible conduct, and best practices of the historical profession as set out by the AHA.