AHA Activities

Nominations Invited for AHA Offices, Terms Beginning January 2021

Liz Townsend | Oct 18, 2019

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 6, 2020, recommendations for the following offices:

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division—responsible for promoting historical scholarship, encouraging the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, ensuring equal access to information, and fostering the dissemination of information about historical records and research)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

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

Committee on Committees, one position (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 6, 2020, are listed below. Positions being replaced in the June 1–July 15, 2020, elections are in bold.

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


2021 John R. McNeill, Georgetown Univ. (environmental, world)

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

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

Professional Division

2021 Mary Elliott, councilor, National Museum of African American History and Culture (African American, migration and community development)

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)

Research Division

2021 Sophia Rosenfeld, vice president, Univ. of Pennsylvania (Enlightenment, Age of Revolutions, political thought, historical methods)

2021 Melissa K. Bokovoy, councilor, Univ. of New Mexico (Yugoslavia and memory, collectivization and eastern Europe)

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)

Teaching Division

2021 Craig Perrier, Fairfax County Public Schools (nationalism and education, US foreign policy with Brazil)

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)

At Large

2021 Sarah Mellors, Missouri State Univ. (modern China, gender and sexuality, medicine, world)

Nominating Committee

2021 Kathleen Brosnan, Univ. of Oklahoma (environmental, transnational history of wine)

2021 Gabriel Paquette, Univ. of Oregon (Spain and Portugal and their colonies, comparative imperial)

2021 Carin Berkowitz, New Jersey Council for the Humanities (modern British and American medical sciences and visual culture)

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)

Committee on Committees

7/2020 Kaya Şahin, Indiana Univ. (early modern Ottoman history)

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)

Suggestions should be submitted by email to Executive Director James Grossman at jgrossman@historians.org. 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 (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 7, 2020.

Schedule for Nominations and Elections of AHA Officers

January 6, 2020 Deadline to make suggestions to executive director.

February 7, 2020 Nominating Committee meets to determine slate.

March–April 2020 Slate published on Perspectives Daily and in Perspectives on History.

June 1, 2020 Link to ballot emailed to AHA members.

July 15, 2020 Final deadline to record votes.

August–September 2020 Results announced on Perspectives Daily and in Perspectives on History. Committee on Committees elected member begins term of office immediately.

January 9, 2021 Results announced at business meeting during 135th annual meeting in Seattle.

January 10, 2021 Individuals begin terms of office.

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