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2016-2017 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

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

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

Earl Lewis*
OAH Vice President
Term on OAH Executive Board expires April 2021
President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
New York, NY

Jay S. Goodgold *
OAH Treasurer
Independent Investor
Chicago, IL
Katherine M. Finley *
OAH Executive Director (nonvoting member)
Bloomington, IN
Stephen D. Andrews *
OAH Interim Executive Editor (nonvoting member)
Interim Editor, Journal of American History
Bloomington, IN

Past Presidents

Patricia Limerick
OAH President (2014–2015)
Term expires April 2017
Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Center of the American West
Professor of History, University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO

Jon ButlerJon Butler *
OAH President (2015–2016)
Term expires April 2018
Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Adjunct Research Professor of History
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Executive Board Members

James R. BarrettJames R. Barrett
Term expires April 2017
Professor of History and African American Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
James T. KloppenbergJames T. Kloppenberg
Term expires April 2017
Charles Warren Professor of American History
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Barbara Clark SmithBarbara Clark Smith
Term expires April 2017
Curator of Political History
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.
Karen Halttunen
Term expires April 2018
Professor of History
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

James W. Oberly
Term expires April 2018
Professor of History
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI

Stephanie J. Shaw
Term expires April 2018
Professor of History
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Sarah Deutsch
Term expires April 2019
Professor of History
Duke University
Durham, NC
Marcus Rediker
Term expires April 2019
Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History
Department of History
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Renee C. Romano
Term expires April 2019
Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies
Chair, Department of History
Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH

Executive Board Standing Committee for Finance

Barbara Clark Smith, Chair
James W. Oberly
Renee C. Romano

Executive Board Standing Committee for Operations
James R. Barrett, Chair
Karen Halttunen
Marcus Rediker

Executive Board Standing Committee for Publications
James T. Kloppenberg, Chair
Sarah Deutsch
Stephanie J. Shaw

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