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Journal of American History Editorial Board

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

The American Historian Editorial Board

The board advises the editor of The American Historian.

Conference on American History 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.

Conference on American History Program Committee

The committee is responsible for the program of the annual conference and such other related activities as the president may designate. The committee works closely with the conference staff of the executive office which is responsible for ensuring that professional sessions for graduate students and other constituency groups are included in each program.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

International Committee

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

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.

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.

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.

Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment (CPACE)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession

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

Committee on Teaching

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

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