AHA Activities

Nominations Invited for AHA Offices, Terms Beginning January 2018

Liz Townsend | Oct 17, 2016

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 11, 2017, recommendations for the following offices:


Vice President of the Research 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organization; division—responsible for promoting historical scholarship, encouraging the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, ensuring equal access to information, and fostering the dissemination of information about historical records and research)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 the eaching of history at all levels of education)

Councilor, at large, one position (no divisional responsibilities; a graduate student enrolled in a history program and advanced to candidacy; will represent the interests of graduate students in Council, play a leadership role in organizing participation of graduate students in AHA activities, and disseminate information about AHA activities and initiatives to graduate students in history)

Committee on Committees, two positions (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 8, 2017, are listed below. Positions being replaced in the 2017 election are in bold.

Terms expire in January in the listed year.


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

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

2020 Mary Beth Norton, Cornell Univ. (early Anglo-American gender and politics)

Professional Division

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

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

2020 Kevin Boyle, vice president, Northwestern Univ. (20th-century US)

2020 Suzanne L. Marchand, Louisiana State Univ. (German theology/philology/history, 19th-century art and archaeology)

Research Division

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)

2020 Becky M. Nicolaides, independent scholar (history of American suburbs)

Teaching Division

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)

2020 Carlos A. Contreras, Grossmont Coll. (Mexico, US-Latin American relations)

Committee on Committees

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)

2020 Kaya Şahin, Indiana Univ. (early modern Ottoman history)

Nominating Committee

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)

2020 Purnima Dhavan, Univ. of Washington (Mughal literary cultures, early modern information networks)

2020 Laurent Dubois, Duke Univ. (Haitian revolution, Afro-Atlantic religion and cultural, Caribbean)

2020 Susannah R. Ottaway, Carleton Coll. (British social, European family)

Suggestions should be submitted by e-mail to Executive Director James Grossman. 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, 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 10 and 11, 2017.

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