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2018-2019 OAH Executive Board

The OAH Executive Board comprises the OAH officers, former presidents who continue to serve for two years immediately succeeding their presidency, and nine elected members. An asterisk (*) denotes members of the OAH Executive Committee, which is composed of the officers of the OAH, and the immediate past president.

Officers of the OAH

Earl Lewis*
OAH President
Term on OAH Executive Board expires April 2021
Professor of History and African American and African Studies
Director, Center for Social Solutions
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Joanne Meyerowitz*
OAH President-Elect
Term on OAH Executive Board expires April 2022
Arthur Unobskey Professor of History and American Studies
Yale University
New Haven, CT
George J. Sanchez*
OAH Vice President
Term on OAH Executive Board expires April 2023
Professor of History, American Studies & Ethnicity
Director, USC Center for Diversity and Democracy
University of Southern California
Long Beach, CA
Jay S. Goodgold *
OAH Treasurer
Independent Investor
Chicago, IL
Katherine M. Finley *
OAH Executive Director (nonvoting member)
Bloomington, IN
Benjamin H. Irvin *
OAH Executive Editor (nonvoting member)
Editor, Journal of American History
Bloomington, IN

Past Presidents

Nancy F. Cott
OAH President (2016-2017)
Term on OAH Executive Board expires April 2019
Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

 
Edward L. Ayers*
OAH President (2017-2018)
Term on OAH Executive Board expires April 2020
Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities
President Emeritus
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA

Executive Board Members

Sarah Deutsch
Term expires April 2019
Professor of History
Duke University
Durham, NC
 

Marcus Rediker
Term expires April 2019
Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Renee Romano
Term expires April 2019
Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies
Chair, Department of History
Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH
 
Lu Ann Jones
Term expires April 2020
Staff Historian
Park History Program
National Park Service
Washington, D.C.

Martha S. Jones
Term expires April 2020
Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
T.J. Stiles
Term expires April 2020
Independent Scholar
Berkeley, CA
 
Jonathan Scott Holloway
Term expires April 2021
Professor of History and African American Studies, and Provost
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Katherine Ott
Term expires April 2021
Curator, Division of the History of Medicine and Science
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Washington, D.C.

Virginia Scharff
Term expires April 2021
Distinguished Professor of History and Director, Center for the Southwest
University of New Mexico
Associate Provost, University of New Mexico; 2013–2017
Albuquerque, NM

Executive Board Standing Committee for Finance
Renee C. Romano, Chair
T. J. Stiles
Appointment Pending

Executive Board Standing Committee for Operations
Marcus Rediker, Chair
Martha S. Jones
Appointment Pending

Executive Board Standing Committee for Publications
Sarah Deutsch, Chair
Lu Ann Jones
Appointment Pending

The OAH Executive Board composition is updated each year after the annual meeting.