AHA Activities

Nominations Invited for AHA Offices, Terms Beginning January 2017

Liz Townsend | Oct 1, 2015

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 to him, on or before January 12, 2016, recommendations for the following offices:


Vice President of the Professional 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organization; division—responsible for promoting historical scholarship, encouraging the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, ensuring equal access to information, and fostering the dissemination of information about historical records and research)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)

Committee on Committees, one position (nominations for large number of Association committees, including book awards and prizes)

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

Members of the Council and elective committees as of January 10, 2016, are listed below. Positions being replaced in the 2016 election are in bold.

Terms expire in January in the listed year.


2017 Vicki L. Ruiz, past president, Univ. of California, Irvine (Latina, labor and social movements)

2018 Patrick Manning, president, Univ. of Pittsburgh (demography of African slavery, global historiography)

2019 Tyler Stovall, president-elect, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (modern France, African Americans in Europe)

Professional Division

2017 Philippa J. A. Levine, vice president, Univ. of Texas, Austin (British Empire, race and sexuality)

2017 Catherine A. Epstein, councilor, Amherst Coll. (modern Germany, modern Europe)

2018 Valerie Paley, councilor, New-York Historical Soc. (US public/urban/women)

2019 Debjani Bhattacharyya, councilor, Drexel Univ. (economic, urban environmental)

Research Division

2017 Farina Mir, councilor, Univ. of Michigan (Islam/Muslims in colonial India)

2018 Edmund P. Russell, vice president, Univ. of Kansas (environmental, global, technology and science)

2018 David A. Bell, councilor, Princeton Univ. (early modern Europe/France, political culture in age of revolutions)

2019 James H. Sweet, councilor, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison (African diaspora, Brazil)

Teaching Division

2017 Trinidad Gonzales, councilor, South Texas Coll. (Chicana/o, borderlands)

2018 Brenda J. Santos, councilor, Achievement First (20th-century US political/social/cultural, US women and gender)

2019 Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, vice president, Cleveland State Univ. (early modern convents, queenship)

2019 Jeffrey A. Bowman, councilor, Kenyon Coll. (Iberian hagiography, law/conflict/disputes)

Committee on Committees

2017 Cynthia Radding, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (northwestern Mexico, eastern lowland Bolivia)

2018 Daniel Bornstein, Washington Univ., St. Louis (late medieval Italian religious culture, medieval/Renaissance Italian women)

2018 Michele Mitchell, New York Univ. (US and African American, African diaspora)

2019 Antoinette M. Burton, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (British empire, world)

Schedule for Nominations and Elections of AHA Officers

January 12, 2016 Deadline for suggestions to executive director.

February 19–20, 2016 Nominating Committee meets to determine slate.

March–April 2016 Slate published on AHA Today and in Perspectives on History.

June 1, 2016 Ballot e-mailed to AHA members.

July 15, 2016 Deadline for return of ballots.

August–September 2016 Results announced on AHA Today and in Perspectives on History.

January 7, 2017 Results announced at business meeting during 131st annual meeting in Denver.

January 8, 2017 Individuals begin terms of office.

Nominating Committee

2017 Francois Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins Univ. (US nationalism/early republic, France in North America c. 1750-1820)

2017 Edward W. Muir, Northwestern Univ. (17th-century libertines and skeptics, culture of Italian opera)

2017 Pamela Scully, Emory Univ. (human rights, comparative women and gender)

2018 Paula Alonso, George Washington Univ. (Latin American politics, intellectual)

2018 Leila T. Fawaz, Tufts Univ. (WWI in Middle East social, modern Levant Ottoman social)

2018 Jana K. Lipman, Tulane Univ. (20th-century US, US foreign relations)

2019 William Deverell, Huntington Library/Univ. of Southern California (US West, environment)

2019 Kären E. Wigen, Stanford Univ. (historical geography of East Asia, early modernity in Japan)

2019 Jamil S. Zainaldin, Georgia Humanities Council (law, philanthropy)

Suggestions should be submitted by e-mail to Executive Director James Grossman at jgrossman@historians.org. Please specify academic or other position and field of the individual, and include a brief statement of his or her qualifications for the position. Refer to the Statement on Diversity in AHA Nominations and Appointments (historians.org/ahadiversity), 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 on February 19 and 20, 2016.

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