Publication Date

October 1, 2004

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

Under the bylaws pursuant to Article VIII, Sections 2, 3, and 4 of the AHA Constitution, the executive director invites all members of the Association to submit to her, on or before January 14, 2005, recommendations for the following offices:

  • President-elect (by rotation, either Europe or a field other than U.S. or Europe)
  • Vice President of the Research Division (oversight of the division, member of the Council)
  • Council, two positions (governance of the AHA)
  • Professional Division, one position (rights and responsibilities of historians, professional conduct, job market, data collection and analysis, and professional service prizes)
  • Research Division, one position (priorities in support of research and new research tools; relationships with archivists, librarians, and other organizations; and policy oversight of research grants and fellowships, book prizes, AHR, and annual meeting)
  • Teaching Division, one position (teaching in AHA activities and publications, history curriculum, new methods of instruction and cooperation, history education, pamphlets, and policy oversight of teaching prizes)
  • Committee on Committees, two positions (nominations for large number of Association committees, including book awards and prizes, delegates)
  • Nominating Committee, three positions (nominations for all elective posts)

All suggestions received will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee for consideration at its meeting in February 2005.

Present membership (terms expire in January) of the Council and elective committees is as follows with open positions indicated by the year and name in bold italic lettering:


  • 2005 James M. McPherson, Princeton University (Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery and antislavery, race relations in American history), immediate past president
  • 2006 Jonathan D. Spence, Yale University (China from the later 16th century to the present, Chinese foreign relations, Western perceptions of China, Chinese experiences in the West), president
  • 2007 James J. Sheehan, Stanford University (modern Europe, Germany, European culture, international relations), president-elect
  • 2005 William J. Cronon, University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S. environmental, U.S. West, frontier), vice president, Professional Division
  • 2006 Roy Rosenzweig, George Mason University (19th- and 20th-century U.S.; history and new media; public; social, cultural, labor, urban, and oral), vice president, Research Division
  • 2007 Patrick Manning, Northeastern University (world, Africa and African diaspora, economic, demographic, social, history and new media), vice president, Teaching Division
  • 2005 Victoria A. Harden, National Institutes of Health and DeWitt Stetten Jr. Museum of Medical Research (history of biomedical research policy in U.S., history of infectious diseases, history of biomedical instrumentation)
  • 2005 Stefan Tanaka, University of California at San Diego (modern Japan, historiography, non-Western constructions of identity, intercultural relations)
  • 2006 Quintard Taylor Jr., University of Washington (African American, American West)
  • 2006 Myrna Ivonne Wallace Fuentes, Duke University (modern Latin America, working class, intellectual)
  • 2007 Kevin Reilly, Raritan Valley Community College (world, comparative, cultural, migration, racism)
  • 2007 Pamela H. Smith, Pomona College (early modern Europe, Germany, the Netherlands, science, art, medicine)


  • 2005 Peter Charles Hoffer, University of Georgia (early American, legal)
  • 2006 Denise J. Youngblood, University of Vermont (Russia/USSR, modern European cultural, East European nationalities and nationalism, film and history, war and society, cultural globalization)
  • 2007 Mary Lindemann, University of Miami (early modern Europe, German, Flemish, Dutch)


  • 2005 Lawrence Wolff, Boston College (eastern Europe, Enlightenment, Habsburg monarchy, Mediterranean, childhood and family, European intellectual and cultural)
  • 2006 Karen Ordahl Kupperman, NYU (early modern Atlantic, colonial America, American Indian)
  • 2007 Robert C. Ritchie, Huntington Library (early America, early modern Britain)


  • 2005 Keith C. Barton, University of Cincinnati (slavery, historiography and historical method, education)
  • 2006 Joan E. Arno, George Washington High School, Philadelphia (world, post-World War II Japan, America, geography)
  • 2007 Emily S. Tai, Queensborough Community College, CUNY (medieval Mediterranean Europe, world, women, religion)


Committee on Committees

  • 2005 Carole K. Fink, Ohio State University (European international, 20th-century Europe, historiography)
  • 2006 Peter Guardino, Indiana University (Latin America, Mexico, political culture)
  • 2006 Elaine Tyler May, University of Minnesota (20th-century U.S., Cold War, politics, women, family, sexuality)
  • 2007 Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona (modern Middle East and North Africa; modern Mediterranean; European colonialism; world, women, and gender)

Nominating Committee

  • 2005 Alice L. Conklin, Ohio State University (modern France, modern Africa, 20th-century Europe, European colonialism, intellectual and cultural)
  • 2005 Patricia Nelson Limerick, University of Colorado at Boulder (Western American, ethnic, environmental, comparative colonialism)
  • 2005 Anand A. Yang, University of Washington (South Asia, comparative, Asian American, world)
  • 2006 Paula Findlen, Stanford University (early modern Europe, Renaissance Italy, science and medicine)
  • 2006 Michael J. Gonzales, Northern Illinois University (modern Latin America, revolution, labor, and social, especially Mexico and the Andean region)
  • 2006 Kenneth L. Pomeranz, University of California at Irvine (late imperial and modern Chinese social, economic and cultural, comparative and world)
  • 2007 Antoinette Burton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (modern Britain, colonial India, women, gender and feminism, imperialism and postcolonialism, race and nation)
  • 2007 Clarence E. Walker, University of California at Davis (black America 1450–1860, 1860–present; American political, social, and cultural history 1800–present; comparative slavery; film)
  • 2007 Olivia Remie Constable, University of Notre Dame (medieval Mediterranean, Islam, Spain, economic and social, cross-cultural)

See also the "Statement on Diversity in AHA Nominations and Appointments” and the ballot material for the 2004 elections that was mailed to the membership in late August (the slate of which was published in the April 2004 Perspectives).

Suggestions should be submitted to Arnita A. Jones, Executive Director, AHA, 400 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889. Please specify academic or other position and field of the individual; include also a brief statement of his or her qualifications for the particular position for which you are recommending the person.

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