Publication Date

September 21, 2020

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

Under the AHA constitution and bylaws (Article VIII, Section 1; Article IX; and Bylaws 11 and 12), the executive director invites all members of the Association to submit, on or before January 4, 2021, recommendations for the following offices:

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Vice President, Teaching Division (member of the Council, oversight of the division)

Councilor, Professional Division, one position (Council—governance of the organization; Division—responsible for overseeing matters concerning working conditions and practices of historians, primarily by articulating ethical standards and best practices in the historical discipline)

Councilor, Research Division, one position (Council—governance of the organization; Division—responsible for promoting historical scholarship, encouraging the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, ensuring equal access to information, and fostering the dissemination of information about historical records and research)

Councilor, Teaching Division, one position (Council—governance of the organization; Division—responsible for the Council’s work relating to history education, including efforts to promote and improve teaching of history at all levels of education)

Nominating Committee, three positions (nominations for all elective posts)

Committee on Committees, two positions (nominations for large number of Association committees, including book awards and prizes; member begins serving immediately after election)

Members of the Council and elective committees as of January 7, 2021, are listed below. Positions being replaced in the June 1–July 15, 2021, elections are in bold.

Unless otherwise indicated, terms expire in January of the listed year.


2022 Mary Lindemann, Univ. of Miami (early modern Europe, medicine)

2023 Jacqueline Jones, Univ. of Texas at Austin (US labor/African American/southern/women)

2024 James H. Sweet, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison (Africa, African diaspora, Brazil)

Professional Division

2022 Nerina Rustomji, councilor, St. John’s Univ., New York (Middle East, Islamic world)

2023 Rita C-K Chin, vice president, Univ. of Michigan (post-1945 Europe, immigration and displacement, race/ethnicity/gender)

2023 Reginald K. Ellis, councilor, Florida A&M Univ. (US since 1865, African American history)

2024 Simon Finger, councilor, Coll. of New Jersey (American colonial to early republic, medicine, maritime, labor)

Research Division

2022 Christopher R. Boyer, councilor, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago (environmental and social history of Mexico)

2023 Sara Georgini, councilor, Massachusetts Historical Society (early American history, religion and culture, public history)

2024 Ben Vinson III, vice president, Case Western Reserve Univ. (African diaspora, colonial Mexico)

2024 Pernille Røge, councilor, Univ. of Pittsburgh (18th-century France and French empire, political economy)

Teaching Division

2022 Laura McEnaney, vice president, Whittier Coll. (World War II and postwar, working class/gender/race)

2022 Alexandra Hui, councilor, Mississippi State Univ. (European science and culture, modern Germany, sensory and environment)

2023 Shannon T. Bontrager, councilor, Georgia Highlands Coll., Cartersville (commemorations and public memory, death and burial of military dead)

2024 Katharina Matro, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (modern central and eastern Europe)

Nominating Committee

2022 Daniel Greene, Newberry Library (public history/museums, Holocaust/American response)

2022 Akiko Takenaka, Univ. of Kentucky (Japanese war responsibility/reconciliation, cultural heritage, gender)

2022 Karin Wulf, Omohundro Inst. of Early American History & Culture, Coll. of William & Mary (early America, women and gender, family)

2023 Fahad Ahmad Bishara, Univ. of Virginia (Indian Ocean economic and legal, Islamic law and capitalism)

2023 Carla G. Pestana, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (early America, Atlantic world)

2023 John Thabiti Willis, Carleton Coll. (religious encounters, African and diaspora religions)

2024 Amy M. Froide, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (female investors and single women, Britain 1500–1800)

2024 Beatrice Gurwitz, National Humanities Alliance (Latin American/Jewish history, higher education policy, public humanities)

2024 Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir, Xavier Univ. of Louisiana (African American, New Orleans)

Committee on Committees

7/2021 Madeline Y. Hsu, Univ. of Texas at Austin (migration and transnationalism, international, Asian American studies, modern China)

7/2021 Jennifer L. Palmer, Univ. of Georgia (18th-century French slavery/race/gender)

7/2022 Raúl A. Ramos, Univ. of Houston (19th-century US-Mexico border, transnational identity construction)

7/2023 Leo J. Garofalo, Connecticut Coll. (colonial Andean cities and markets, Afro-Iberians and African diaspora)

Suggestions should be submitted by email to Please specify the academic or other position and the field of the individual, and include a brief statement of their qualifications for the position. Refer to the Statement on Diversity in AHA Nominations and Appointments (, which was drafted in the hope that it will encourage members to suggest more individuals from diverse backgrounds for both appointments and nominations. All suggestions received will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee for consideration at its meeting in February 2021.

Schedule for Nominations and Elections of AHA Officers

January 4, 2021 Deadline to make suggestions to executive director.

February 2021 Nominating Committee meets to determine slate.

March–April 2021 Slate published on Perspectives Daily and in Perspectives on History.

June 1, 2021 Link to ballot emailed to AHA members.

July 15, 2021 Final deadline to record votes.

August–September 2021 Results announced on Perspectives Daily and in Perspectives on History. Committee on Committees elected members begin term of office immediately.

January 8, 2022 Results announced at business meeting during 135th annual meeting in New Orleans.

January 9, 2022 Individuals begin terms of office.

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Liz Townsend
Liz Townsend

American Historical Association