OAH Committees

There are three types of OAH constitutionally-mandated committees: standing committees that oversee the governance of the organization, service committees that advance the OAH mission, and award and prize committees that identify and recognize the best historical scholarship.


Standing Committees

Executive Committee

The committee is composed of the officers of the organization and the immediate past president. The Executive Committee acts as necessary between board meetings to make decisions to further the mission of the organization.

MEMBERS

David Blight, Yale University, President

Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University, President-Elect

Marc Stein, San Francisco State University, Vice President

Anthea Hartig, National Museum of American History, Past President

Jay Goodgold, Treasurer

Beth English, Ex Officio

Stephen Douglas Andrews, Ex Officio

Parliamentarian

Jonathan Lurie, Rutgers University, Newark

Committee on Committees

The Committee on Committees recommends candidates to fill all regular annual vacancies on the service and awards committees of the organization subject to the approval of the Executive Board.

MEMBERS

José Alamillo, California State University Channel Islands, Co-Chair

Catherine Gudis, University of California, Riverside, Co-Chair

Stephen Aron, Autry Museum of the American West

Maddalena Marinari, Gustavus Adolphus College

Katherine Mooney, Florida State University

Martin Summers, Boston College

Kariann Yokota

Elisabeth Marsh, Organization of American Historians, Staff Liaison

Joanne Freeman, Yale University, Executive Board Liaison

Nominating Board

The Nominating Board nominates candidates for the annual election of the President, President-Elect, and Vice President, as well as three members each of the Executive Board and the Nominating Board.

MEMBERS

Laura Briggs, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kristin Celello

Lisa Davidson, National Park Service

Daniel Diaz, University of California Los Angeles

Sally Hadden, Western Michigan University

Farina King, University of Oklahoma

Mary Lui, Yale University

Honor Sachs, University of Colorado Boulder

Elizabeth Todd-Breland, University of Illinois Chicago

Beth English, Staff Liaison

Erika Lee, Harvard University Center for Government & International Studies (CGIS), Executive Board Liaison



Service Committees

Journal of American History Editorial Board

The board advises the editor of the Journal of American History.

MEMBERS

William Bauer, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Miroslava Chávez-García, University of California Santa Barbara

Hilary Green, Davidson College

Brian Luskey, West Virginia University

Traci Parker, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Serena Zabin, Carleton College

Beth English, Ex Officio

Annual Conference Local Resource Committee

The Local Resource Committee consults with the conference department to arrange tours, offsite sessions, and special events and assists with promotion of the conference through the website and local media outlets. The Local Resource Committee also assists the Program Committee with soliciting sessions that will interest local historians and the public.

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Committee on Academic Freedom

The mandate of the committee is to investigate reports of repressive measures having an impact on historians’ teaching, research, employment, and freedom of expression, and to report its findings to the officers and members of the OAH in ways it found most useful and appropriate. The committee refers its findings and recommendations to the Executive Board for any actions the board might deem appropriate.

MEMBERS

Benjamin Johnson, Loyola University Chicago

Lindsey Maxwell, Florida International University

Uzma Quraishi, Sam Houston State University

Eric Rauchway, University of California, Davis

Crystal Sanders, Emory University

Cynthia Yaudes, Staff Liaison

Beth English, Executive Board Liaison

Committee on Community Colleges

The committee’s purpose is to increase the membership and participation of community college historians and to integrate them into the organization. The committee addresses the professional issues and concerns that relate specifically to historians in two-year institutions and provides venues for community college historians to present their original work.

MEMBERS

Meredith May, Kilgore College, Co-Chair

Scott Williams, Weatherford College, Co-Chair

Todd Bryda, CT State - Northwestern

Patty Colman, Moorpark College

Linda Coslett, Chattanooga State Community College

Clarence Hall, Queensborough Community College / CUNY

Steven Moreno-Terrill, Coastline Community College

Ryan Pettengill, Collin College

Kevin Marsh, Staff Liaison

Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington, Executive Board Liaison

Committee on Disability and Disability History

The committee engages with all professional issues relevant to historians with disabilities and also promotes the study, teaching, and preservation of disability histories.

MEMBERS

Frederick Augustyn, Library of Congress

Ryan Lee Cartwright

Laurel Daen, University of Notre Dame

Leslie Reagan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Michael Rembis, University at Buffalo

Naomi Rogers, Yale School of Medicine

Kathleen Brian, Ex Officio

Jonathan Warner, Staff Liaison

Karen Miller, CUNY - LaGuardia Community College, Executive Board Liaison

Committee on Marketing and Communications

The committee is responsible for supporting and advising the marketing and communications goals of the OAH, as well as any related activities that the leadership may designate. The committee works closely with the staff of the executive office, to promote scholarship and collaboration within the American historians’ community and beyond.

MEMBERS

Evan Faulkenbury, SUNY Cortland, Co-Chair

Rahima Schwenkbeck, Co-Chair

Charlene Fletcher

Tiffany González, University of Kansas

Carly Goodman, Made By History

Natale Zappia, California State University, Northridge

Christopher Brick, George Washington University, Ex Officio

Kariann Yokota, University of Colorado, Denver, Ex Officio

Kym Robinson, Staff Liaison

Beth English, Executive Board Liaison

Graduate Student Committee

The committee works with existing OAH committees to serve the graduate student community and co-sponsor relevant panels and workshops at the annual conference and year-round in virtual sessions. An important role of the graduate committee is to regularly survey graduate student membership as well as sponsor additional graduate student caucus meetings to continue to listen for new ideas for programming and new ways to facilitate active membership in the OAH by the wide array of graduate students studying American history.

MEMBERS

Emily Greenfield, Stanford University

Austin Hall, University of Cincinnati

Kate Kaitcer, Texas Christian University

Annabel LaBrecque, University of California, Berkeley

Alan Parkes, University of Delaware

Kathryn Patterson, University of Virginia

Sarah Porter, University of Texas at Austin

Abby Whitaker, Temple University

Brigid Wallace, Lehigh University, Ex Officio

Elisabeth Marsh, Organization of American Historians, Staff Liaison

Margot Canaday, Executive Board Liaison

International Committee

The committee assists in carrying out the commitment of the organization to international perspectives, collaborations, exchanges, and members.

MEMBERS

Anne-Marie Angelo, University of Sussex, Co-Chair

Chantel Rodriguez, Minnesota Historical Society, Co-Chair

Alvita Akiboh, Yale University

Daniele Fiorentino, University Roma Tre

Ai Hisano, University of Tokyo

Russell Kazal, University of Toronto

Rachel Nolan, Boston University

Erika Pani, El Colegio de México

Machteld Venken, University of Luxembourg

Georg Schild, University of Tubingen, Ex Officio

Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, University of Augsburg, Ex Officio

Stephen Andrews, Journal of American History, Staff Liaison

Erika Lee, Harvard University Center for Government & International Studies (CGIS), Executive Board Liaison

OAH-Japanese Association for American Studies Japan Historians Collaborative Committee

The OAH and the JAAS, with the generous support of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, select two U.S. historians to spend two weeks at Japanese universities giving lectures, seminars, and advising students and researchers interested in American history, and participating in the life of the host institution. It is part of an exchange program that also brings Japanese graduate students to the OAH Conference on American History.

MEMBERS

Judy Wu, University of California Irvine, Chair

Eiichiro Azuma, University of Pennsylvania

Madeline Hsu, University of Texas

Shiori Ichimasa, Chuo University

Lon Kurashige, University of Southern California

Yuki Oda, Chuo University

Renee Romano, Oberlin College

Shuichi Takebayashi, Tohoku University

Beth English, Staff Liaison

Marc Stein, San Francisco State University, Executive Board Liaison

Membership Committee

The committee generates ideas for new membership benefits, programming, and outreach to expand the membership of the OAH; serve as a sounding board for proposed membership marketing, benefit changes, and programming ideas proposed by the business office; when nearby, represent the OAH at history events/conferences such as the Western History Association annual meeting, the NCPH annual meeting, the Military History annual meeting, etc., as well as other national, regional, and local history events; and conduct individual and group membership outreach among peers.

MEMBERS

Hilary Miller, Co-Chair

David Vázquez Valenzuela, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Co-Chair

Judith Allen

Allyson Brantley, University of La Verne

Amy Essington

Jose Gregory, Marist School

Sandra Harvey, Lone Star College-CyFair

Alina Mendez, California State University Fresno

Christian Paiz, University of California, Berkeley

Yael Schacher

Brigid Wallace, Lehigh University

Elisabeth Marsh, Organization of American Historians, Staff Liaison

Michael Innis-Jiménez, University of Alabama, Executive Board Liaison

OAH Committee on National Park Service Collaboration

The committee assists with the cooperative agreement between OAH and the National Park Service, by consulting on the selection of projects and project participants, advising the Executive Board and OAH staff on NPS issues, and advocating for NPS within the organization.

MEMBERS

Janet Bednarek, University of Dayton, Chair

Thomas Chambers, Canisius College

Adria Imada, University of California, Irvine

Paul Zwirecki, Organization of American Historians, Staff Liaison

Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University, Executive Board Liaison

Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment

The committee’s purpose is to monitor employment conditions and professional opportunities, recommend programs, services and best employment practices or guidelines, and advocate for Non-Tenure Track members of the history profession.

MEMBERS

Janine Drake, Co-Chair

Eva Swidler, Curtis Institute of Music, Co-Chair

Ryan Archibald

Heather Daly, UC San Diego

Claire Goldstene

Nicolette Rohr, Pomona College

Andrew Urban, Rutgers University

Beth English, Staff Liaison

LaGarrett King, University of Buffalo, Executive Board Liaison

Committee on Public History

The committee maintains liaison with public history organizations and institutions, including those in both public and private sectors and persons in the field of public history, and generates such proposals relating to OAH policy and program as seem suitable to its membership.

MEMBERS

Kristin Ahlberg, U.S. Department of State

Margaret Lee, Split Rock Studios

Eric Seiferth, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Eric Zimmer

Paul Zwirecki, Organization of American Historians, Staff Liaison

Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University, Executive Board Liaison

Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories

The committee considers all professional issues bearing upon ALANA historians in the historical profession as well as the study of ALANA histories.

MEMBERS

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, Northeastern University

Emily Owens, Brown University

Derek Taira, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa

Hajni Selby, Organization of American Historians, Staff Liaison

Cynthia Orozco, Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso, Executive Board Liaison

Erika Pérez, University of Arizona, Executive Board Liaison

Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Historians and Histories

The committee considers all professional issues bearing upon LGBTQ historians in the historical profession as well as the study of LGBTQ histories.

MEMBERS

Ernesto Chavez, University of Texas at El Paso, Co-Chair

René Esparza, Washington University in St. Louis

Eric Gonzaba, California State University, Fullerton

Kelsey Henry, Yale University

Paul Renfro, Florida State University

Evelyn Schlatter

Anthea Hartig, Smithsonian Institution, Executive Board Liaison

Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession

The committee considers all professional concerns bearing upon women in the historical profession.

MEMBERS

Katelyn Aguilar, Gustavus Adolphus College

Rachael Cassidy, University of New Mexico

Cynthia Castaneda

Elizabeth Everton, Coordinating Council for Women in History

Janna Haider, University of California, Santa Barbara

Cherisse Jones-Branch, Arkansas State University

Elisabeth Marsh, Organization of American Historians, Staff Liaison

Tera Hunter, Princeton University, Executive Board Liaison

Committee on Teaching

The committee works to improve the teaching and understanding of history at all levels of training and in diverse venues.

MEMBERS

Hannah Page, Raleigh Charter High School, Co-Chair

David Thomas, Pierce College Puyallup, Co-Chair

Nancy Baker, Sam Houston State University

Brian Casserly, Bellevue College

Gordon Mantler, George Washington University

Jeanne Petit, Hope College

Stephen Andrews, Journal of American History, Staff Liaison

Eric Fure-Slocum, St. Olaf College, Executive Board Liaison



Award & Prize Committees

Willi Paul Adams Award

The prize is given biennially in odd-numbered years for the best book on American history published in a language other than English.

MEMBERS

Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, Université de Sherbrooke, Chair

Lauren Braun-Strumfels, Cedar Crest College

Nathalie Dessens, University of Toulouse

Masako Hattori, National University of Singapore

Juergen Martschukat, Erfurt University

Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdansk

Erik Barnouw Award

One or two awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding programming on network or cable television, or in documentary film, concerned with American history, the study of American history, and/or the promotion of American history.

MEMBERS

Malinda Lowery, Emory University, Chair

Eduardo Pagán, Arizona State University

Ray Allen Billington Prize

The committee is composed of three members, each appointed for a two-year term. The prize is given biennially in odd-numbered years for the best book on the history of native and/or settler peoples in frontier, border, and borderland zones of intercultural contact in any century to the present and to include works that address the legacies of those zones.

MEMBERS

Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis, Chair

Jessica Kim, California State University, Northridge

Jessica Roney, Temple University

Binkley-Stephenson Award

The committee selects the best article that appeared in the Journal of American History during the preceding calendar year.

MEMBERS

Simon Newman, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Chair

Peter Martínez, Tarrant County College - Northeast Campus

Jessica Pliley, Texas State University

Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award

The award is given annually for the most original book on the coming of the Civil War, the Civil War years, or the Era of Reconstruction.

MEMBERS

KT Shively, Virginia Commonwealth University, Chair

Lawrence McDonnell, Iowa State University

Merle Curti Social History Award

Two awards are given annually: one for the best book in American social history and one for the best book in American intellectual history.

MEMBERS

Lawrence Culver, Utah State University

Laura Edwards, Princeton University

Robert Gross

Allison Varzally, CSUF

Merle Curti Intellectual History Award

Two awards are given annually: one for the best book in American social history and one for the best book in American intellectual history.

MEMBERS

Augusto Espiritu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Emily Merchant, University of California, Davis

Susan Pearson, Northwestern University

John D’Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award

The award is given annually for the best PhD dissertation in U.S. LGBTQ history.

MEMBERS

Ernesto Chavez, University of Texas at El Paso, Co-Chair

René Esparza, Washington University in St. Louis

Eric Gonzaba, California State University, Fullerton

Kelsey Henry, Yale University

Paul Renfro, Florida State University

Evelyn Schlatter

Anthea Hartig, Smithsonian Institution, Executive Board Liaison

Friend of History Award

The award is given annually to recognize an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support of historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH. Recipients will be selected by the OAH Executive Committee.

MEMBERS

Ellis W. Hawley Prize

The prize is given annually for the best book-length historical study of the political economy, politics, or institutions of the United States, in its domestic or international affairs, from the Civil War to the present.

MEMBERS

Megan Asaka, University of California, Riverside

Sergio González, Marquette University

Sarah McNamara, Texas A&M University

Fawn-Amber Montoya, James Madison University

E. Vines, California State University, Channel Islands

John Higham Research Fellowship Fund

The grants are given annually to graduate students pursuing research for the PhD in American history. Thanks to the generosity of William L. and Carol B. Joyce, OAH is pleased to offer this program.

MEMBERS

Joel Zapata, University of Oregon, Chair

Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sarah Gardner, Mercer University

Huggins-Quarles Award

One or two awards are given annually to graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation. This award was established to promote greater diversity in the historical profession. The Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories serves as the Huggins-Quarles Award Committee.

MEMBERS

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, Northeastern University

Emily Owens, Brown University

Derek Taira, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa

Hajni Selby, Organization of American Historians, Staff Liaison

Cynthia Orozco, Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso, Executive Board Liaison

Erika Pérez, University of Arizona, Executive Board Liaison

Richard W. Leopold Prize

The prize is given biennially in even-numbered years for the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, the historical activities of the federal government, or biography by a government historian.

MEMBERS

Elizabeth Charles, Department of State, Chair

Christian Ostermann, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Jacqueline Whitt, US Department of State

Lerner-Scott Prize

The prize is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history.

MEMBERS

Corinne Field, University of Virginia, Chair

Ava Purkiss, University of Michigan

Jessica Wilkerson, West Virginia University

Lawrence W. Levine Award

The award is given annually for the best book in American cultural history.

MEMBERS

Teresa Barnett

Annelise Heinz, University of Oregon

Aaron Sachs, Cornell University

James Zarsadiaz, University of San Francisco

Liberty Legacy Foundation Award

The award is given annually for the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginnings of the nation to the present.

MEMBERS

Gordon Mantler, George Washington University, Chair

Robyn Spencer-Antoine, Wayne State University

Carl Suddler, Emory University

Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grants

The grants are supported by a bequest from the Merrill Trust and are given annually to help sponsor the travel-related costs of graduate students who are confirmed as participants on the OAH conference program and who incur expenses traveling to the annual meeting.

MEMBERS

Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University, President-Elect

Marc Stein, San Francisco State University, Vice President

Natalia Molina, University of Southern California, Incoming Vice President

Darlene Clark Hine Award

This committee is composed of three to five members appointed each year. The award is given annually for the best book in African American women’s and gender history. First given in 2010, the award is named for Darlene Clark Hine, a pioneer in African American and gender history and past president of the Organization of American Historians 2001-2002.

MEMBERS

LaShawn Harris, Michigan State University

Karsonya Whitehead, Loyola University, Maryland

Francille Wilson, University of Southern California

David Montgomery Award

The award is given annually by the OAH with cosponsorship by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history.

MEMBERS

Jane Berger, Moravian College

Erik Gellman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Joe Trotter, Carnegie Mellon University

Mary Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History

The prize is given annually for the most original book in U.S. women’s and/or gender history.

MEMBERS

Deborah Cohen, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Chair

Rachel Devlin, Rutgers University

April Haynes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Louis Pelzer Memorial Award

The award recognizes essays by students pursuing graduate degrees in any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay is published in the Journal of American History.

MEMBERS

Presidents’ Travel Fund for Emerging Historians

The grants provide travel stipends of up to $750 for up to five graduate students and recent PhDs in history whose papers or panels/sessions have been accepted by the OAH program Committee for inclusion on the annual meeting program.

MEMBERS

Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University, President-Elect

Marc Stein, San Francisco State University, Vice President

Natalia Molina, University of Southern California, Incoming Vice President

James A. Rawley Prize

The prize is given annually for a book dealing with race relations in the United States.

MEMBERS

Samantha Seeley, University of Richmond, Chair

Anthony Mora, University of Michigan

Margaret Newell, Ohio State University

Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award

The award is given annually to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history.

MEMBERS

Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History

The award recognizes excellence in historical projects for, by, and with the National Park Service and is intended to honor projects that make the NPS exemplary in promoting civic dialogue about and appreciation of American history.

MEMBERS

Lori Kuechler, Kuechler Nonprofit Consulting, Chair

Andrea DeKoter, National Park Service

Ray Rast, Gonzaga University

Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award

The award is given annually to recognize the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history.

MEMBERS

James Seymour, Lonestar College, Chair

Tiara Fourkiller, Woodhall Public School

Amy Trenkle, DC Public Schools

David Thelen Award

The prize is given biennially in even-numbered years for the best article on American history published in a language other than English.

MEMBERS

Max Paul Friedman, American University

Monica Prasad, Northwestern University

Frederick Jackson Turner Award

The award is given annually to the author of a first scholarly book dealing with some aspect of American history.

MEMBERS

Anthea Hartig, Smithsonian Institution, Chair

Matthew Dennis



Organizational Representatives

Kristin L. Hoganson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation

Clarence Lang, Pennsylvania State University, American Council of Learned Societies

Katherine Sibley, St. Joseph’s University, National Historical Publications and Records Commission


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