Valerie Paley

Councilor, Profession

Valerie Paley is vice president, director of the Center for Women’s History, and chief historian of the New-York Historical Society in New York City. A graduate of Vassar College, Paley holds an MA in American studies and a PhD in history from Columbia University, where her fields of interest were US urban and cultural history, and where she currently teaches an undergraduate seminar in public culture at the Center for American Studies. Her responsibilities at New York City’s oldest museum and historical society include a critical range of administrative and curatorial activities, which have included developing a new Center for Women’s History (opening 2017); curating permanent and temporary exhibitions; supervising pre- and postdoctoral fellows as dean of scholarly programs; and editing publications. Elected to the AHA Council in 2014, Paley serves on the Professional Division and is a member of the Finance Committee.