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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

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

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

Joanne Meyorwitz*
OAH Vice President
Term on OAH Executive Board expires April 2022
Arthur Unobskey Professor of History and American Studies
Yale University
New Haven, CT

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

Jon ButlerJon Butler *
OAH President (2015–2016)
Term on OAH Executive Board 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
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

Executive Board Members

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
Lu Ann Jones
Term expires 2020
Staff Historian
Park History Program
National Park Service
Washington, D.C.

Martha S. Jones
Term expires 2020
Presidential Bicentennial Professor, Professor of History
and Afroamerican and African Studies
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
T.J. Stiles
Term expires 2020
Independent Scholar
Berkeley, CA

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.