Publication Date

September 30, 2021

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 9, 2022, recommendations for the following offices:

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President-elect Vice President, Professional Division (member of the Council, chair 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organization; Division—responsible for promoting historical scholarship, encouraging the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, ensuring equal access to information, and fostering the dissemination of information about historical records and research)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 and learning of history at all levels of education)

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

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

Members of the Council and elective committees as of January 9, 2022, are listed below. Positions being replaced in the June 1–July 15, 2022, elections are in bold.

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


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)

2025 Edward W. Muir Jr., Northwestern Univ. (medieval and early modern Europe, religion, urban, legal and criminal)

Professional Division

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)

2025 Laura Hostetler, councilor, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago (Qing empire, Sino-European relations, early modern world, cartography, humanities education)

Research Division

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)

2025 Sandra Greene, councilor, Cornell Univ. (slavery, biography, Ghana)

Teaching Division

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

2024 Katharina Matro, councilor, Walter Johnson High School (modern central and eastern Europe)

2025 Kathleen Hilliard, vice president, Iowa State Univ. (informal economies, slavery and emancipation, US South)

2025 Karen Marrero, councilor, Wayne State Univ. (early North America and Indigenous, transnational and borderlands)

At Large

2024 Sherri Sheu, Univ. of Colorado Boulder (modern US, environmental)

Committee on Committees

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)

7/2024 Julie Hardwick, Univ. of Texas at Austin (early modern Europe, social/legal/gender)

7/2024 Franziska Seraphim, Boston Coll. (modern Japan, global and comparative, historical memory, social politics)

Nominating Committee

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)

2025 Lisa Leff, US Holocaust Memorial Museum and American Univ. (Jews of modern France)

2025 Melissa N. Stuckey, Elizabeth City State Univ. (African American migration to Oklahoma, African American history, Black freedom struggles)

2025 Philip Thai, Northeastern Univ. (modern China, legal, economic, diplomatic)

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 2022.

Schedule for Nominations and Elections of AHA Officers

January 9, 2022 Deadline to make suggestions to executive director.

February 2022 Nominating Committee meets to determine slate.

March–April 2022 Slate published in Perspectives on History and Perspectives Daily.

June 1, 2022 Link to ballot emailed to AHA members.

July 15, 2022 Final deadline to record votes.

August–September 2022 Results announced in Perspectives on History and Perspectives Daily. Committee on Committees elected member begins term of office immediately.

January 7, 2023 Results announced at business meeting during 136th annual meeting in Philadelphia.

January 8, 2023 Individuals begin terms of office.

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Liz Townsend
Liz Townsend

American Historical Association