Publication Date

October 1, 2007

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

Under the bylaws pursuant to Article VIII, Sections 2, 3, and 4 of the constitution, the executive director invites all members of the Association to submit to her, on or before January 11, 2008, recommendations for the following offices:

President-elect (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 prize)

Research Division, one position (priorities in support of research and new research tools, relationships with archivists, librarians, and other organizations, 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 next February. Present membership of the Council and elective committees is as follows with open positions indicated by the year and name inbold, colored lettering (the respective terms end in January).


  • 2008 Linda K. Kerber, Univ. of Iowa (U.S. women, U.S. legal and intellectual, Early Republic), immediate past president
  • 2009 Barbara Weinstein, NYU (modern Latin America/Brazil, gender, labor, slavery and race relations), president
  • 2010 Gabrielle M. Spiegel, Johns Hopkins Univ. (medieval, with a special interest in historiography and linguistic analysis, medieval and contemporary), president-elect
  • 2008 Anthony Grafton, Princeton Univ. (intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, historiography, history of science), vice president, Professional Division
  • 2009 Teofilo Ruiz, UCLA (medieval and early modern [social and cultural history], Spain), vice president, Research Division
  • 2010 Karen Halttunen, Univ. of Southern California (U.S. cultural and intellectual), vice president, Teaching Division
  • 2008 Art Gómez, National Park Service (American West, post-World War II and environmental, Latin America since 1810, Spanish colonial [American Southwest], Sino-American relations since 1911)
  • 2008 Mrinalini Sinha, Pennsylvania State Univ. (British imperial and modern South Asian history, world, gender)
  • 2009 Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia Univ. (U.S. labor, gender, women and social policy, 20th century; global labor)
  • 2009 Elise S. Lipkowitz, Northwestern Univ. (history of science, Europe, Atlantic world, modern East Asia)
  • 2010 Jesus Francisco Malaret, Sacramento City Coll. (United States, with Latin American and Chicano history)
  • 2010 Larry Wolff, NYU (Eastern Europe, Enlightenment, Poland, Habsburg monarchy, early modern Rome and Venice, history of childhood)



  • 2008 Spencer R. Crew, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (20th-century American urban and African American)
  • 2009 Jane Hathaway, Ohio State Univ. (pre-1900 Ottoman, Middle Eastern social, world, Jewish communities under Muslim rule)
  • 2010 Leisa D. Meyer, Coll. of William & Mary (gender and sexuality studies, U. S. women, American popular culture and cultural history)


  • 2008 Paula Sanders, Rice Univ. (medieval Middle East, Islamic cultures, women's and gender studies, Judeo-Islamic)
  • 2009 Nick Salvatore, Cornell Univ. (American social and political, African American, biography)
  • 2010 Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, Stanford Univ. (African-American history of the period after World War II)


  • 2008 Monica Maria Tetzlaff, Indiana Univ. South Bend (African American, women, U.S. South)
  • 2009 Allison Kay Ivey, Kealing Middle School, Austin (slavery in colonial America, social movements in 19th-century America, American presidency, Arab-Isreali conflict)
  • 2010 Patricia O'Neill, Central Oregon Community Coll. (18th-century comparative Chinese-European)


Committee on Committees

  • 2008 Philippa Levine, Univ. of Southern California (British Empire, Britain, race, sexuality, gender, medicine)
  • 2009 Ruth Mazo Karras, Univ. of Minnesota (medieval Europe, England, Scandinavia, gender, sexuality)
  • 2009 Daniel C. Littlefield, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia (American colonial, African American, plantation societies, slave trade and slavery, race relations and constructions of race)
  • 2010 R. Stephen Humphreys, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (Islamic and Middle East, religion and politics in the modern Islamic world)

Nominating Committee

  • 2008 Dena Goodman, Univ. of Michigan (early modern France, Enlightenment, women and gender, intellectual and cultural)
  • 2008 Neil Foley, Univ. of Texas, Austin (civil rights and the law, labor, Mexican and African American, American West, race and ethnicity)
  • 2008 David Northrup, Boston Coll. (Africa, world, Atlantic)
  • 2009 Jan Golinski, Univ. of New Hampshire (history of science, the Enlightenment, historiography)
  • 2009 Jane Landers, Vanderbilt Univ. (Latin American colonial, African diaspora, comparative slavery and race relations, Atlantic world, Caribbean, borderlands)
  • 2009 Evelyn S. Rawski, Univ. of Pittsburgh (social and cultural history of China and East Asia, comparative and global history)
  • 2010 Laura Ackerman Smoller, Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock (medieval, science and medicine, religion, astrology, apocalyptic thought, saints)
  • 2010 Susan R. Grayzel, Univ. of Mississippi (women and gender, modern Europe, Britain, France, cultural history of war)
  • 2010 Steven Mintz, Univ. of Houston (19th-century United States, social, family, and community)

See also the ballot material for the 2007 elections sent to the membership on September 1, the slate of which was published in the April 2007 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.

— is the AHA's assistant director for administration.

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