2011 Candidate Biographies


Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, Department of History and Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University.

Education: Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1968; M.A., Rutgers University, 1963; B.A., Goucher College, 1961.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards:Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2006–2007; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2005; Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2001–2002; Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, 1997; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1989–1990.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: 1968–present; The Journal of American History Editorial Board, 1982–1985; Distinguished Lectureship Program, 1987–2001, 2008–present; AHA/OAH Joint Committee on Part Time and Adjunct Employment, 2002–2005; Executive Board, 2005–2008; Strategic Planning Committee 2008–present; AHA: 1968–present; Committee on Women Historians, 1983–1986; Nominating Committee, 1988–1990; Council, 2006–2009; American Studies Association: 1972–present; Executive Council, 1973–1978; International Committee, 1981–1983, 1988–1992; Nominating Committee, 1984–1986; President, 1991–1992; Chair, Special Advisory Committee on International American Studies, 1996–present; Distinguished Lecturers program, 2002–present; Berkshire Conference of Women Historians: 1969–present; Program Committee, 1975–1976, 1982–1984, 1988–1990, 1991–1993; Prize committee, 1977–1978; Society of American Historians, 1992–present; Executive Board, 2006–present.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Gendering Labor History (2007); In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (2001, recipient of the Bancroft Prize, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Book Award, the Philip Taft Prize for Labor History; Joan Kelly Prize for the History of Women and Gender); A Woman’s Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences (1990); Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States (1982, awarded the Philip Taft Prize for Labor History); Women Have Always Worked: An Historical Overview(1981).

Personal Statement: “I am proud to have been a member of the OAH for four decades. During this period, the Organization has led the community of American historians as their profession and practice have become more inclusive and more responsive to the diffuse intellectual needs of an increasingly diverse membership. We have expanded and changed as we have carried out our mission to promote ‘excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history.’ Now we face financial challenges brought on by the difficult tasks of meeting the multiple and sometimes competing interests of a wider constituency. I hope we can face these challenges with courage, taking the risks necessary to guide the OAH into a new scholarly environment that reflects the changing role of the university and takes account of the many places in which scholars, teachers, and the wider public engage with history in a new digital world."


Albert M. Camarillo, Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service and Professor of History, Department of History, Stanford University.

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1970.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards:Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, 2002–2003 and 1988–1989; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1994–1995 and 1982–1983; Huntington Library Research Fellowship, 1990; Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellowship, 1982–1983; National Endowment for the Humanities Independent Research and Study Fellowship, 1977–1978.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Program Committee, 2000; Executive Board, 1992–1995; Distinguished Lectureship Program, 1992–present; OAH Newsletter Editorial Board, 1994–1995; Committee on the Status of Minority Historians and Minority History, 1988–1989; Nominating Board, 1982–1984; AHA: President, Pacific Coast Branch, 2005–2006; Divisional Committee on the Profession, 1987–1990; AHA-PCB Council, 1996–1998 and 1980–1982; AHA-PCB Program Committee Chair, 1984; Urban History Association: Board of Directors, 2002–2005; Immigration and Ethnic History Society: Member; Journal of Ethnic History, Editorial Board Member, 2006–present; Pacific Historical Review, 1987–1990; Western Historical Quarterly, 1982–1984; Mexican Studies Journal, 1983–1996.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Nominally White: Mexicans and Ethnic/Racial Borderhoods in American Cities (forthcoming); Chicanos in a Changing Society: From Mexican Pueblos to American Barrios in Santa Barbara and Southern California, 1848–1930 (new edition 2005); Chicanos in California: A History of Mexican Americans (1984); with Armando Valdez and Tomas Almaguer, The State of Chicano Research in Family, Labor, and Migration Studies (1983); with Ray A. Billington, The American Southwest: Myth and Reality (1979).

Personal Statement: “As each of us at our respective universities and colleges can attest, the economic recession has negatively affected our institutions in profound ways. The current and projected budget cuts all spell deep trouble for students, staff, and faculty alike. I am particularly concerned about matriculating graduate students who face dismal job prospects upon completion of their degrees. In the face of economic hard times, how can colleges and universities help prevent the formation of a ‘lost cohort’ of young scholars, those who must confront a daunting professional environment, one that may continue for several years before the job market improves. As president-elect, I will pose questions to the executive board in an effort to explore how the OAH (and the AHA) can suggest ways in which universities and colleges can continue to serve as intellectual homes for those young historians without teaching appointments. The OAH should take a leadership role on this important issue.”

Vice President

Alan M. Kraut, University Professor of History, American University, Washington, D.C.

Education: Ph.D., Cornell University, 1975; M.A., Cornell University, 1971; B.A., Hunter College, City University of New York, 1968.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards:National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “American Immigration Revisited,” 2009 (co-directed); David and Helen Mills Davis Prize, History of Science Society, 2005 (Goldberger’s War); Henry Adams Prize, Society for the History of the Federal Government, 2004 (Goldberger’s War); Theodore Saloutos Prize, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 1994 (Silent Travelers); Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities, 1987–1988.

Professional Affiliations: Immigration and Ethnic History Society: President 2000–2003; History Advisory Committee of the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation: Chair 2003–present; American Jewish Historical Society: Executive Committee of the Academic Council, 2008–present; Society of American Historians: Fellow, 2009–present; National History Center: Founding Member, 2009–present.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Co-authored with Deborah Kraut, Covenant of Care: Newark Beth Israel and the Jewish Hospital in America (2007); Goldberger’s War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003); Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880–1921 (second edition, 2001); Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the “Immigrant Menace” (1994); Co-authored with Richard Breitman, American Refugee Policy and European Jewry, 1933–1945 (1987).

Personal Statement: “How we educate historians is a major issue confronting the OAH. As my professional activities suggest, I value the sleuthing and analysis of traditional historical research and the imaginative scholarship and showmanship required to engage learners outside and inside the classroom. How is an historian trained to transcend the printed page in communicating discoveries and insights? As Vice President, I will initiate efforts to diminish rigid distinctions between public history and academic history in graduate training enabling more historians to find parks, museums, and websites challenging and rewarding teaching environments. We will all benefit from scholars skilled in delivering a usable past to the public and policymakers, as well as peers. Also, OAH policies of inclusion and diversity must be extended and calibrated to foster mutual respect and increasing collaboration among community college teachers, those at four-year institutions, and history teachers at middle and secondary levels. Public history projects requiring multiple talents and perspectives can be useful. Generational divides, too, must be bridged by greater sensitivity and responsiveness to the professional needs and aspirations of scholars at different stages of their careers.”

Executive Board Candidates

Pair One

Michele Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of History, New York University.

Education: Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1998; M.A., Northwestern University, 1993; A.B., Mount Holyoke College, 1987.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards:Distinguished Lectureship Program, Organization of American Historians, 2010–2013; North American Editor, Gender & History, 2005–2008; Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award (University of Michigan), 2004; Schomburg Center and National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar-In-Residence, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, 2001–2002.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Program Committee, 2006; American Studies Association: Executive Committee, 2010–2012; elected member, National Council, 2009–2012; Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of American Studies (online), 2010–2013; Program Committee Cochair, 2007; Wise–Susman Prize Committee, 2001; Berkshire Conference of Women Historians: Nominating Committee, 2006–present; Article Prize Committee Chair, 2002–2004; Article Prize Committee, 1998, 2000–2002. AHA: Joan Kelly Memorial Prize Committee, 2010–2013; Editorial Collective, Gender & History, 1999–present.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Righteous Propagation: African Americans and the Politics of Racial Destiny after Reconstruction (2004); with Tera W. Hunter and Sandra Gunning, eds.,Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality, and African Diasporas (2004); “’Lower Orders,’ Racial Hierarchies, and Rights Rhetoric: Evolutionary Echoes in Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Thought during the late 1860s,” inElizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays, ed. Ellen Carol DuBois and Richard Candida Smith (2007); “Silences Broken, Silences Kept: Gender and Sexuality in African-American History,” Gender & History 11:3 (November 1999), pp. 433–444, translated as “Silences maintenus et secrets rompus: genre et sexualité dans l’histoire africaine–américaine” (trans. Anne Hugon),Clio: Histoire, Femmes, et Sociétés 16 (2002): 271–291; “’The Black Man’s Burden’: African Americans, Imperialism, and Notions of Racial Manhood, 1890–1910,” International Review of Social History Supplement 44:4 (1999): 77–99.

Personal Statement: “The OAH has met significant challenges over the past decade. Yet, as the 2009 Strategic Plan emphasizes, the organization needs to remain focused upon sustainability, inclusiveness, outreach, and advocacy, not to mention increased equity for contingent faculty, engaged support of independent scholars, and promotion of public history. It is additionally vital that we scrutinize how current trends negatively impact younger scholars. Should I be elected, I would diligently collaborate with OAH members, allied groups, and professional associations concerned with these often overlapping matters. Such collaboration is critical given the present economy and because many historians operate with diminishing resources. Lastly, as a historian who has worked on documentary projects and donated time to photograph digitally fragile material for a major archive, I am keenly interested in access to and preservation of historical documents and would be honored to work on behalf of OAH membership in this regard.”

Mary Ting Yi Lui, Professor of American Studies and History, Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Yale University.

Education: Ph.D., Cornell University, 2000; M.A., Cornell University, 1995; A.B., Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, Certificate in East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 1989.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards: Collaborative Ventures Summer Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, June 2009; Faculty Research Grant, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, 2008–2010; Co-winner, Best Book Prize for History, Association of Asian American Studies, 2007, for The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City (2005); Charles Gaius Bolin Minority Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Williams College, July 1996 to June 1997; National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars, University of Virginia, Summer 1992.

Professional Affiliations: OAH; American Studies Association; Association of Asian American Studies; Berkshire Conference of Women Historians; Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “Saving Young Girls from Chinatown: White Slavery and Woman Suffrage, 1910–1920,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 18:3, September 2009; “Meet the ’New Neighbors:’ Seabrook Farms and Visual Narratives of Japanese American Success in America’s Cultural Diplomacy in the 1940s and 1950s,” in The Years of Cultural Cold War: Asia and the United States, edited by Yuka Tsuchiya and Toshihiko Kishi, Kokusai–Shoin, 2009; The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn–of–the-Century New York City(2005); “Race and Disease and Urban Geography,” Reviews in American History, 30:3, September 2002; “Remembering New York Chinatown,” (Museum of Chinese in the Americas, New York City, 1992).

Personal Statement: “This year, as historians watched with great alarm the public assaults made on the invaluable scholarship of social and cultural historians of the last four decades, it is critical that the Organization of American Historians takes a firm stand for rigorous scholarship that interprets and narrates the often painful complexities of the history of the United States as it has unfolded within and beyond its territorial borders. Having worked in both academic and public history settings, I continue to be driven by questions of how best to support new exciting scholarship that might nonetheless pose uncomfortable challenges to familiar historical narratives and at the same time make such work accessible to the public. This requires the continued availability of archives and collections to sustain our work as well as our relentless commitment to pursue our research and stake out new intellectual ground.”

Pair Two

Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Professor of History, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; M.A., Howard University; B.A., Howard University.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Outstanding Educator, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Urban Education Conference, 2008; Bethune Award, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, 2006; Pogue Award, Oral Historians of the Mid-Atlantic Region, 2000; Public Humanities Award, D.C. Community Humanities Council, 1992; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, 1983.

Professional Affiliations: Association of Black Women Historians: National Director, 2006–present; National Landmarks Committee: National Park System Advisory Board, 1999–2004; National Council on Public History: Board of Directors, 1995–1998; Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History: Executive Council, 1994–2008; Afro–American Historical and Genealogical Society: Founding Member, 1977.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Emerging Voices and Paradigms (2008); “Public History at Howard University,” Public Historian 25 (2003); First Freed: Emancipation in the District of Columbia (2002); Living In, Living Out: African American Domestics in Washington, D.C. (1996); Clark–Lewis, et.al. Northern Virginia Community College: An Oral History, 1965–1985 (1987).

Personal Statement: “I feel that the researching, writing, and teaching of history are central to the development of new individual, national, and global paradigms for the future. For these reasons research, reform, and action have been the nexus of my history activities.

Engendering new interpretations of documents, giving common assumptions fresh perspectives, and recovering lost voices from the past are attributes of my investigations. My publications reflect the history field’s complexity and my personal fealty to inclusively reflect the diverse impact individuals, polities, events, tenets, and traditions have had on contemporary studies of the past. As a board member I will work to expand support for the OAH from scholars at all levels, affiliated professionals, government agencies, independent organizations, and research enthusiasts. I am confident that my teaching and organizational experiences at the middle school, community college, and university level will assist the OAH as it expands its membership, recasts praxes, and reframes crucial program foci.”

Rebecca Conard, Professor of History and Director of Public History, Department of History, Middle Tennessee State University.

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1976.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Professional Services Contract with OAH and NPS to produce an administrative history of Women’s Rights NHP, 2008; NEH Landmarks of American History Grant, with The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, 2004; Teaching American History grants with the Cumberland River Valley Consortium, 2002–2006, and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, 2004–2007; Appointee, Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board, 2008–2011; Benjamin Shambaugh Award, State Historical Society of Iowa, 1998.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Program Committee for 2000 Joint OAH/NCPH Conference; Distinguished Lecturer, 2005–2008; National Council on Public History: President, 2002–2003; Vice President, 2001–2002; Board of Directors, 1993–1996; and many committee assignments; American Association for State and Local History: Diversity Task Force, 1999–2004; AltaMira Editorial Board, 2006–2009; American Historical Association: Herbert Feis Award Committee, 2005–2008, Chair, 2008; George Wright Society (dedicated to promoting scholarship and science in the management of parks and protected areas): Board of Directors 2004–2011, co-editor, The George Wright Forum.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “‘All Men and Women Are Created Equal’: An Administrative History of Women’s Rights National Historical Park,” National Park Service, Northeast Region, 2010; “Public History as Reflective Practice,” (guest co-editor) a special issue of The Public Historian 28, no. 1 (Winter 2006); “Spading Common Ground: Reconciling the Built and Natural Environments,” in Public History and the Environment, ed. Martin Melosi and Philip V. Scarpino (2004); Benjamin Shambaugh and the Intellectual Foundations of Public History (2002); Places of Quiet Beauty: Parks, Preserves, and Environmentalism (1997).

Personal Statement: “The fluid nature of historical practice has only recently achieved a good measure of appreciation in the discipline. I believe that the field of public history has helped open the door to a more expansively conceived profession dedicated to engaging historians in all walks of life and every place of learning and teaching. For the past thirty years, OAH has been allied with the National Council on Public History to maintain an ongoing dialogue between the discipline’s academic center and the many avenues of public historical practice. As a past president and board member of NCPH, and one who has served on many committees of both OAH and NCPH, I understand the necessity of this dialogue and am committed to enhancing its vitality.”

Pair Three

Peter Kolchin, Henry Clay Reed Professor of History, University of Delaware.

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1970; B.A., Columbia University, 1964;

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Fellow, Society of American Historians, elected 2007; Bancroft Prize, 1988; Charles S. Sydnor Award, given by Southern Historical Association, 1988; Avery O. Craven Award, given by Organization of American Historians, 1988; Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1979–1980.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Cochair, 2011 Program Committee; member, Editorial Board, Journal of American History, 2005–2008; Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2002–present; Avery O. Craven Award Committee, 1999–2000; Binkley-Stephenson Award Committee, 1989–1992, Chair 1990–1991; Southern Historical Association: Nominating Committee, 2009–2010, Chair 2010; Chair, Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award Committee, 1999; Chair, Charles L Sydnor Award Committee, 1998; Executive Council, 1994–1996; 1992 Program Committee; Membership Committee, 1979–1980, 1987–1988; American Historical Association: Nominating Committee, 2001–2003; Society for Historians of the Early American Republic: 2006 Program Committee; National Coalition for History: Policy Board, 2000–present; Secretary 2008–present.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth-Century South in Comparative Perspective (2003); American Slavery, 1619–1877 (1993; paperback 1994, rev. ed. 2003); Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (1987, paperback 1990); First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama’s Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction (1972, rev. paperback ed. 2008); “Whiteness Studies: The New History of Race in America,” Journal of American History, 89 (June 2002).

Personal Statement: “This is a time of dramatic change for history, the historical profession, and the OAH. New technology facilitates engaging in research even as a vast proliferation of scholarship makes assimilating this research more difficult. Economic hard times accentuate the continuing job crisis while the OAH faces fiscal concerns of its own. New approaches to history and the need to appeal to a diverse and expanding constituency suggest the desirability of exploring new ways of training graduate students, reaching undergraduates, and communicating with the broader public. I do not have all the answers, but I have thought a good deal about these questions, and I believe that my extensive service to the historical profession—including the OAH—has helped prepare me to deal with them. If elected to the OAH Executive Board, I will work hard to promote a strong, responsive, and innovative organization that is prepared to meet the many challenges we face.”

Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University.

Education: Ph.D., Yale University, 1984; M.A., Yale University, 1978; B.A., Northwestern University, 1977.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: President, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), 2009–2010; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, 1997–1998; American Antiquarian Society Fellowship, 1996; Thomas Jefferson Chair in American Studies (Fulbright Commission), University of Amsterdam, 1993; Best Article Prize for “Morals, Manners, and the Republican Mother,” Southeastern Eighteenth-Century Studies Association, 1993.

Professional Affiliations: American Historical Association: Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women’s History, 2009–2010, Chair, 2010; Committee member, Review of Master’s Programs in History, 2003–2006; American Studies Association: Editorial Board, American Quarterly, 1999–2003; Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture: Council member, 2006–2009; Editorial Board, William & Mary Quarterly, 2006–2007, 2008–2009; Society for Historians of the Early American Republic: Editorial Board,Journal of the Early Republic, 1999–2003; Planning Committee, 2000–2003; Nominating Committee, 1996–1999; University of Virginia Press Board of Directors, 2005–2008.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic (2007); A Woman’s Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution(1995); David Humphreys’ “Life of General Washington” with George Washington’s “Remarks” (1991); The Politics of Size: Representation in the United States, 1776–1850 (1987); “The Rights of Man and Woman in Post–Revolutionary America,” William and Mary Quarterly 60 (1998).

Personal Statement: “I believe that the OAH Executive Board has primary responsibility for implementing the goals and objectives presented in the 2009 Strategic Plan. I am particularly committed to the need to reach out to new constituencies, especially community college teachers and graduate students. Along with increased outreach, the organization needs to partner with the AHA to continue to enhance the role and status of public historians in the profession. In addition, changing trends in the publishing industry, especially the growth of digital publications and e-books, must be closely monitored. These changes may have a profound impact on the JAH and on the scholarly publishing industry in general. The OAH needs to anticipate the effect of these changes on the structure of the discipline. Finally, as an historian of early America, I would like to increase the representation of topics from colonial, revolutionary, and early national American history at the annual meetings.”

Nominating Board

Pair One

Woody Holton, Associate Professor of American History, University of Richmond.

Education: Ph.D., Duke University, 1990; B.A., University of Virginia, 1981.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Bancroft Prize, 2010; Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008–2009; Virginia Literary Awards “People’s Choice” Award, Nonfiction, 2008; Finalist, National Book Award, 2007; Merle Curti Social History Award, 2000.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2006–present; American Antiquarian Society: Member; Massachusetts Historical Society: Society of Fellows.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Abigail Adams (2009); Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era (2009); Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (2007); Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution (1999).

Personal Statement: “As the (drafted) chair of the Nominations Committee for the University of Richmond’s School of Arts and Sciences, I have worked hard to leaven the school’s various committees with people who do not normally step forward for such assignments. I would be thrilled to play the same role for the OAH, and one reason to think I might do well, both at spotting such people and at cajoling them to serve, is that I am one of them.”

David Waldstreicher, Department of History, Temple University.

Education: Ph.D., Yale University, 1994; M.A., Yale University, 1990; B.A., University of Virginia, 1988.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society, 2005; Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, New York Public Library, 2001–2002; Ralph D. Gray Prize (Best Article), Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 1999; Jamestown Foundation Prize, Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1995; Percy Prize, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1995.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee, 2003–2004; McNeil Center for Early American Studies: Advisory Council, 2004–present; Book Series co-editor (with Kathleen M. Brown and Daniel K. Richter), 2008–present; Editorial Board, Reviews in American History, 2008–present; SHEAR: Editorial Board, Journal of the Early Republic, 2007–present; Nominating Committee, 2002–2005; Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2000, 2008.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009); Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution (2004);Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic, ed. with Jeffrey L. Pasley and Andrew Robertson (2004); The Struggle Against Slavery: A History in Documents(2001); In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776–1820 (1997).

Personal Statement: “The OAH needs to preserve many kinds of diversity in its officers and committees, including some kinds not always first on the list, such as fields, periods of study, and geography. Having taught at public and private, large and small, secular and religiously affiliated institutions, I have seen the difference that representation in leadership and on committees can make.”

Pair Two

Linda Gordon, Professor of History, New York University.

Education: Ph.D., Yale University, 1970; M.A., Yale University, 1964; B.A., Swarthmore College, 1961.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards:Vilas Distinguished Research Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1993–1999; Bancroft prizes, 2000 and 2010; Beveridge Prize for best book on the history of the Americas, 2000; Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best biography, 2010.

Professional Affiliations: Elected member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Society of American Historians; Member, OAH, AHA, American Studies Association, Society for the History of Children and Youth. Served on program committees and executive committees.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Heroes of Their Own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence (1988); Pitied but Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the Origins of Welfare (1994);The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (1999); The Moral Property of Women: The History of Birth Control Politics in America (1976 and 2003); Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (2009).

Personal Statement: “The OAH and similar historians’ organizations are more important now than ever, as we must work to make legislators, bureaucrats and the public understand the central role of history education and research to citizenship. This requires also increasing public sophistication about history so there is less anxiety about new and even conflicting interpretations and more support for historians. So we need not only to build our membership but to increase our numbers among community college, junior college, and K-12 teachers but also graduate students and, occasionally, even undergraduates. And we need not only to increase our membership but to increase our active membership—to make members feel more directly engaged in and responsible for our organization and the historical consciousness of our fellow citizens.”

Melani McAlister, Associate Professor of American Studies, International Affairs, and Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University.

Education: Ph.D., Brown University, 1996; B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1984.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards:Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School of Communication, 2010; Visiting Fellow, Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University, 2007; Visiting Fellow, Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion, 1998–1999; Non-Resident Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Center, Harvard University, 1998–1999.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Erik Barnouw Award Committee, 2004–2007; American Studies Association: Cochair, Program Committee, 2010 annual conference; Editorial Board, American Quarterly, 2004–2010; Program Committee, annual meeting 2003; Gabriel Prize Committee for best dissertation, 2002; Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: Editorial Board, Diplomatic History, 2007–2010; Prize Committee, Hogan Fellowship Foreign Language award, 2009–2011; Middle East Studies Association: Committee on Academic Freedom, 2010–2012; American University of Beirut: International Advisory Board, Center for American Studies and Research, 2006–present.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945 (2005 rev. ed., o. 2001); Coedited with R. Marie Griffith, Religion and Politics in Contemporary America (2008); “Rethinking the ‘Clash of Civilizations’: American Evangelicals, the Bush Administration, and the Winding Road to the Iraq War,” in Race, Nation, and Empire in U.S. History, Ed. Matthew Guterl and James Campbell, (2007); “What is Your Heart For? Affect and Internationalism in the Evangelical Public Sphere,” American Literary History 20 (December 2008), 870–95; “A Cultural History of the War Without End,” special issue on “September 11 and History,” The Journal of American History 89:2 (Sept. 2002), 439–456.

Personal Statement: “As scholars and educators, we work in a context of institutional retrenchment and ongoing challenges—to public education at every level, to academic freedom, and to the structures that support scholarship and outreach (publishing, tenure-track jobs, funding for public history). If elected, I would seek out candidates who have the creativity and commitment to address these fundamental challenges. I would also promote candidates who advance the diversity of OAH in every aspect, including historians who work in colleges, universities, and public history institutions large and small, as well as those who specialize in a broad range of subfields. In addition, I know from my experience working with scholars who teach U.S. history in other countries (I have worked with programs in Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine), how important it is to have leaders who continue to strengthen our links with international organizations and who support the participation of international scholars within OAH.”

Pair Three

Bruce A. Ragsdale, Director, Federal Judicial History Office, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C.

Education: Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1985; M.A., University of Virginia, 1980; B.A., University of Virginia, 1974.
Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Thomas Jefferson Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government, (for best reference work) 1990; Resident Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, spring semester, 1989.

Professional Affiliations: American Bar Association: Advisory Commission, Standing Committee on Public Education, 2004–2007; The Papers of George Washington: Editorial Board, 2003–present; Southern Historical Association: Program Committee, 2003 Annual Meeting; Mount Vernon Ladies Association: Advisory Council of George Washington Scholars, 2000–2006; Society for History in the Federal Government: Executive Council, 2000–2002.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “Teaching Judicial History,” online project presenting educators with background and teaching resources related to notable historic trials, 2010 (http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/teaching.html); Editor-in-chief, History of the Federal Judiciary (http://www.fjc.gov), first released in 2000; “’Incited by the Love of Liberty’: The Amistad Captives and the Federal Courts;” Prologue, a quarterly publication of the National Archives and Records Administration, 35, Spring 2003; A Planters’ Republic: The Search for Economic Independence in Revolutionary Virginia (1996);Editor-in-chief, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989 (1989).

Personal Statement: “As a member of the Nominating Board, I would work to ensure the representation of historians and educators who could bring the resources of the OAH and its membership to new audiences. In 25 years of work in public history for the judiciary and the Congress, I have had the opportunity to develop historical websites, publications, and programs for general audiences and public officials. My most rewarding experience has been establishing partnerships among scholars, secondary school teachers, and federal judges to develop on–line educational materials that incorporate the best historical scholarship with an understanding of its importance for civic engagement. The OAH is uniquely situated to present scholarship in ways that enrich history education at every level in all communities and that engage the public and policy makers with the richness of recent research. The Nominating Board should seek the leadership that will promote connections between the varied audiences for history and the scholars whose work provides the indispensable foundation for history education and informed public dialogue.”

Maureen Elgersman Lee, Executive Director, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

Education: D.A.H., Clark Atlanta University, 1997; M.A., Clark Atlanta University, 1993; B.A., Redeemer University College, 1991.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards:Award of Merit for Black Bangor, American Association for State and Local History, 2006; Fellow, HERS Institute, Wellesley College, 2005–2006; Fellow, NEH Summer Institute for University and College Teachers, 2003.

Professional Affiliations: OAH; Association of Black Women Historians; American Association for State and Local History; Maine History, Editorial Review Board, Former Member; Coordinating Council for Women in History: Former Treasurer.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Black Bangor: African Americans in a Maine Community, 1880–1950 (2005); “What They Lack in Numbers: Locating Black Portland, 1870–1930,”Creating Portland: History and Place in Northern New England (2005); Unyielding Spirits: Black Women and Slavery in Early Canada and Jamaica (1999).

Personal Statement: “Just as the world of work is ever changing, I believe that the historian’s working world is ever changing. I believe that historical societies and organizations must remain relevant to their many different constituencies as their members are at increasingly diverse moments in what may be multiple careers. Historians are opting in and out of academia at various points in their careers, for various reasons, and for various periods of time. This, to me, creates the background against which all OAH activities operate. If elected, I will do my best to serve the interests of the OAH, its members, and historians at large.”