2012 Candidate Biographies

OAH President

Albert M. Camarillo, Leon Sloss Jr. Memorial Professor 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, 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.”

OAH President-Elect

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 (codirected); 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 president-elect, I will initiate efforts to diminish rigid distinctions between public history and academic history in graduate training enabling more historians to find parks, museums, andwebsites 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.”

OAH Vice President

Patricia Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Center of the American West; Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Education: Ph.D., Yale University, 1980; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1972. 

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Governor Paddock Award, Boulder History Museum, 2009; Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences Degree, Colorado College, 2008; Hazel Barnes Prize, University of Colorado (the campus’s highest faculty prize for teaching and research), 2001; MacArthur Fellow, 1995–2000; State Humanist of the Year, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, 1992.

Professional Affiliations: Chair, Jury for the Pulitzer Prize in History, 2011, and Member, Jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, 1999 and 2003; American Historical Association: Vice President Teaching, 2010–present; Western History Association: President, 2000; Society of American Historians: Incoming Vice President; American Studies Association: President, 1996.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: A Ditch in Time: Denver, the West, and Water, forthcoming 2012; Claudia Puska, What Every Westerner Should Know about Energy, A Center of the American West Report, 2003; Something in the Soil: Legacies and Reckonings in the New West, 2000; “Dancing with Professors: The Trouble with Academic Prose,” New York Times Book Review, 1993; The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West, 1987, second edition, 2006.

Personal Statement: “In thirty-five years of inviting audiences—both inside higher education and far beyond its borders—to pay attention to history, I have enjoyed generous doses of adrenaline and more than my share of adventures. I am grateful to the OAH Nominating Board for the opportunity to invest, in this association, what I have gained from these efforts to ‘turn hindsight into foresight.’ The field of American history offers endless opportunities for collaboration—between K-12 teachers and professors, natural scientists and historians (substitute the term ‘anthropogenic change’ for ‘history’ and the scientists are your comrades!), and historians and American citizens yearning for alternatives to tedious polarization and squabbling. I look forward to identifying, drawing together, and mobilizing the wisdom and insight of my fellow OAH members, as we seek opportunities to persuade young people, elected officials, bureaucrats, activists, businesspeople, and general citizens to join us in historical inquiry and reflection.”

OAH Executive Board Candidates: Pair One

Gary Gerstle, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, and Director, Vanderbilt History Seminar, Vanderbilt University.

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982; M.A., Harvard University, 1978; B.A., Brown University, 1976.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Harmsworth Professorship of American History, University of Oxford, 2012–2013; Fellow, Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University, 2001–2002; Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award (outstanding book on U.S. Immigration and Ethnic History) for American Crucible (2001); Visiting Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociale, Paris, 2001; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1997–1998. 

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Program Committee, 2012; OAH Distinguished Lecturer, 2007–2013; Journal of American Ethnic History: Editorial Board, 2011–2013; Society of American Historians: 2006–present; American Historical Review: Editorial Board, 2005–2008; American Studies Association: Nominating Committee, 2001–2004, Chair, 2003–2004.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “A State Both Strong and Weak,” American Historical Review 115 (2010); “Race and Nation in the United States, Cuba, and Mexico, 1880–1940,” in Nationalism in the Americas, Don H. Doyle and Marco A. Pamplona, eds. (2006); co-edited with Steve Fraser, Ruling America: A History of Wealth and Power in a Democracy (2005); American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century (2001); co-edited with Steve Fraser, The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930–1980 (1989).

Personal Statement: “A remarkable revolution in history writing, in the composition of the historical profession, and in the use of new media has occurred across the last generation. A new generation of great talent and ambition is poised to build on and widen those achievements, but the prolonged economic crisis is denying these scholars jobs while threatening the infrastructure—public universities, museums, the book publishing industry—on which the future of our entire profession depends. If elected to the executive board, I would work with the OAH to expand opportunities for young historians; to mount a spirited defense of America’s great university system and of the centrality of history and of the liberal arts more generally to its mission; and to intervene in the public sphere to ensure that the discussions of American history that go on there match the richness, diversity, and sophistication of the history that we have been producing.”

David W. Blight, Class of ’54 Professor of American History, and Director, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University.

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1985; M.A., Michigan State University, 1976; B.A., Michigan State University, 1971.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: William Pitt Professor, Cambridge University, UK, invited for 2013–2014; Rogers Fellowship in nineteenth century American History, Huntington Library, 2010–2011; Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars fellowship, 2006–2007; Bancroft Prize, Abraham Lincoln Prize, Frederick Douglass Prize, and four book awards from OAH for Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, 2002; Connecticut Book Award for best work in non-fiction for A Slave No More, 2008.

Professional Affiliations: OAH; American Historical Association: former member of Executive Council; Society of American Historians; New-York Historical Society: Board of Trustees; National Civil War Center at Tredegar, Richmond, VA: Board of Trustees.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (2011); A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped from Slavery, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation (2007); Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001); editor of teaching editions of Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1993, 2002) and W.E.B. Du Bois,The Souls of Black Folk (1997); numerous essays and op-eds in public press on historical memory, race and politics, and the Civil War Sesquicentennial; as well as interviewee and consultant for many documentary films. Advisor and consultant for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, New York.

Personal Statement: “As scholars, teachers, writers, and public historians, we lead multiple professional lives. We are lucky to do so. With American history, we are fortunate to work in a field about which the public and our political culture cares a good deal. Our job is to make them care more and more effectively. Our job, indeed, includes finding the best possible uses for history, as well as countering its worst uses and abuses when we find them. My primary concerns are rooted in this multiple and sometimes conflicted but fascinating combination of the tasks we perform. And I am deeply concerned about helping graduate students and younger historians realize and find not only employment, but the richness of the mixture of scholarship, teaching at all levels, and of reaching the broadest possible publics.”

OAH Executive Board Candidates: Pair Two

Thomas (“Tim”) Borstelmann, Thompson Professor of Modern World History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Education: Ph.D., Duke University, 1990; M.A., Duke University, 1986; B.A., Stanford University, 1980. 

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: “People Who Inspire” Award, Mortar Board Honors Society, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004 and 2005; first Elwood N. and Katherine Thompson Distinguished Professor of Modern World History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003–present; Robert and Helen Appel Fellowship for Humanists and Social Scientists, Cornell University, 1998; Stuart L. Bernath Prize of the Society for American Foreign Relations, 1994, for Apartheid’s Reluctant Uncle; Harry S. Truman Library Institute Dissertation Year Fellowship, 1989–1990. 

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Chair, Program Committee, 2010; Chair, Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee, 2005–2006; American Historical Association: George Louis Beer Prize Committee, 2002–2005; Editorial Board, Diplomatic History, 1995–1998.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality (2011); co-authored with Jacqueline Jones, Peter Wood, Elaine Tyler May, and Vicki Ruiz, Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States (2003, 2005, 2008); The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena (2001); Apartheid’s Reluctant Uncle: The United States and Southern Africa in the Early Cold War (1993). 

Personal Statement: “I see three major challenges facing the OAH. First, the deteriorating employment landscape for historians requires that we reconsider how we are training graduate students, and for what, precisely, we are training them. Second, the now-challenged but still persistent insularity of U.S. history requires us to continue efforts to situate the American past within its broader context—to integrate U.S. history with world history. Third, we operate today in a culture in which reading is declining rapidly, even as access to information is sharply increasing—and we need to figure out more effective ways to teach students and engage a broader public in this changing educational environment. I would bring a broad set of experiences in our profession to the executive board, including four years as a high school teacher, twelve years at an Ivy League institution, and eight years at a major public university.”

Lori D. Ginzberg, Professor of History and Women’s Studies, and Women’s Studies Graduate Officer, Pennsylvania State University.

Education: Ph.D., Yale University, 1985; M.A., Yale University, 1979; B.A., Oberlin College, 1978. 

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2010–2013; Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society, 2009; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2006–2007; Constance Rourke Prize for best article in the American Quarterly, 1994; J. William Fulbright Senior Lecturer, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1995–1996. 

Professional Affiliations: OAH: member, 1979–present; Berkshire Conference of Women Historians: member, 2010–2011 Book Prize committee; AAUP: member; Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography: member, Editorial Board, 2006–2011; “Gender and History”: member, Editorial Collective. 

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life (2009; paperback and Kindle, 2010); Untidy Origins: A Story of Woman’s Rights in Antebellum New York (2005);Women in Antebellum Reform (2000); Women and the Work of Benevolence: Morality, Politics, and Class in the 19th-century United States (1990); “‘The Hearts of Your Readers Will Shudder’: Fanny Wright, Infidelity, and American Freethought,” American Quarterly 46 (June 1994).

Personal Statement: “My priorities for serving on the OAH Executive Board reflect those that have shaped my career as a scholar and teacher: advocating for equity and social justice within the profession and the larger society; advancing historical knowledge both within and outside academia; and expanding students’ access to and appreciation of high levels of intellectual engagement. In addition to my lifelong commitment to undergraduate teaching, my experiences as a joint appointment in history and women’s studies and as a women’s studies graduate officer have made me keenly aware of the importance of interdisciplinary work in training and placing graduate students. If elected to the board, I hope to make use of these professional experiences to help expand the number and visibility of undergraduate and graduate students of color in departments of history and to work toward greater equity for fixed-term and adjunct teachers.”

OAH Executive Board Candidates: Pair Three

David A. Berry, Professor of History, Essex County College (NJ), Executive Director, Community College Humanities Association.

Education: A.B., University of Rochester, 1967; M.A., University of Connecticut, 1969; A.B.D., New York University.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Project Manager, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Santa Fe, Abiquiu and the New Mexico Landscape,” NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture—Workshops for Community College Faculty, 2012; Project Manager, “Concord, Massachusetts: Transcendentalism and Social Action in Antebellum America,” NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture—Workshops for Community College Faculty, 2011; Project Manager, “Thomas Jefferson: Legacies and Landmarks,” NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture–Workshops for Community College Faculty, 2011; Presidential Medallion for Teaching and Service, Essex County College, 2002; National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Bill Clinton, 1997.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Committee on Community Colleges (ex officio), 2001–present; American Historical Association: Task Force for Community College Historians, 2009–present; American Association of Community Colleges: Commission on Academic and Student Life, 2000–present; Modern Language Association: Member; Society for Values in Higher Education: life member.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “Community College Teaching,” Peer Review 12 (2010); “World Civilization,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 24 (1996); co-authored with Virginia Smith and W. Lee Humphreys, “Myths about General Education,” Perspectives 22 (1992); “Rethinking the Introductory History Course,” Community College Humanities Review 6 (1985). 

Personal Statement: “Greater efforts can be made to encourage membership in OAH, especially on the part of middle and secondary school teachers and community college faculty, full-time and adjunct. My focus would be on membership, research, and the teaching of the introductory course (in the schools and the first two years of college/university). The introductory course is the teaching proving ground and the pipeline for future historians. The introductory course (American history survey, required course in state history) may be the only history course a student ever takes. This is the course that can instill a love of history and an appreciation for the importance of historical study. I would encourage the use of primary sources/core texts and undergraduate research in introductory courses. Finally, OAH can work to expand its services to more adequately serve school and community college faculty and to build bridges between all levels of the profession.”

Amy J. Kinsel, Professor of History, Shoreline Community College, Seattle, WA.

Education: Ph.D., Cornell University, 1992; M.A., Cornell University, 1985; B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1982.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Allan Nevins Prize for best doctoral dissertation in American History, awarded May 1993 by the Society of American Historians, for “‘From These Honored Dead’: Gettysburg in American Culture, 1863–1938” (Cornell University); Ronald F. Lee Research Fellowship, 1985–1986, Eastern National Park and Monument Association, Philadelphia.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Nominating Board, 2007–2010, chair, 2008–2009; Committee on Community Colleges, 2007–2011; Annual Meeting Local Resource Committee, 2009; American Historical Association: AHA-OAH Joint Committee on Part-Time and Adjunct Employment, 2004–2007, chair 2005–2007; Local Arrangements Committee, 2005; Local Arrangements Committee, 1998; Community College Humanities Association; Southern Historical Association; Western Association of Women Historians. 

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “Promoting History and Liberal Learning in Community Colleges,” paper, 2009 Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting; “American Identity, National Reconciliation, and the Memory of the Civil War,” Proteus, A Journal of Ideas 17 (2000); “‘A Monument to American Manhood’: How the War Department Shaped the Gettysburg National Military Park,” paper, 1999 OAH Annual Meeting; “History Cast in Stone: Union Regimental Monuments at Gettysburg,” paper, 1998 American Historical Association Annual Meeting; “From Turning Point to Peace Memorial: A Cultural Legacy,” in Gabor S. Boritt, ed., The Gettysburg Nobody Knows (1997).

Personal Statement: “More than half of current community college students plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty at all levels can become better partners in supporting effective academic transfer policies. As Faculty Senate Chair at my college, I led the effort to streamline our transfer degree, while opposing statewide ‘performance funding’ that rewards community college faculty for ‘completions’ rather than for teaching students the critical thinking, research, and writing skills required for upper-division courses. As president of my college’s American Federation of Teachers local, I champion faculty excellence, while fighting elimination of tenure lines and increased exploitation of adjuncts. If elected to the executive board, I will work to strengthen ties between historians at community colleges and four-year institutions. Such ties will help to foster the rigorous transfer programs needed to prepare the first generation and minority students who represent the majority at community colleges for continued academic success.”

OAH Nominating Board Candidates: Pair One

Billie Jean Clemens, History teacher, Swain County High School, Bryson City, NC.

Education: National Board Certification, Adolescent Young Adult Social Studies, 2002; M.A., Western Carolina University, 1991; B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Chinese Bridge Delegation, selected as a delegate to China in an educational outreach program, 2011; Western North Carolina Community Foundation Grant, 2004, 2006, 2007, and University Teacher Education Partnership (SUTEP) Grant, 2003, 2007; National Gallery of Art Institute on Dutch Seventeenth Century Art, 2006; North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Lewis and Clark Seminar on the Missouri River, Montana, 2004; Swain County Teacher of the Year, 1994.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: OAH Magazine of History Editorial Board, 2008–2011; Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam and Readings: Table Leader, 2007–present, Reader, 2004–2006.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Co-authored article in October 2011 edition of the OAH Magazine of History: “Team Teaching History, English, and Biology: An Integrative Approach;” Adjunct Faculty, Western Carolina University, Methods for Teaching Social Sciences, 2011–present; Changes in History Education panel presentation, 2010 Annual Meeting; New Schools Core Teacher, design and implementation of second phase of Gates Foundation New Schools Project, 2007; Model Clinical Teacher—co-taught Social Science Teaching Methods undergraduate and graduate level classes to evaluate classroom pedagogy, planning, and theory, 2004–2007; North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, “Learn NC” lesson plans, 2003–2005, World War I: The Impact of WWI on Mecklenburg CountyStories from the Holocaust, and Dynamic Dialect: Horace Kephart and our Southern Highlanders

Personal Statement: “As a public high school teacher, my vision for OAH is to expand and refine the dialogue between the collegiate and secondary communities and public historians. Part of expanding the dialogue at the secondary level is to promote the use of interdisciplinary teaching in the humanities, which will translate into students becoming investigators of history. Expanding the dialogue with collegiate and public historians needs to include a discussion of how to prepare secondary teachers to employ and utilize methods that will engage students in this investigative process. My vision for OAH is not only to promote the dialogue between these three communities, but to broaden the secondary teachers’ perspective on, and use of, current historical methodology. My work with the OAH Magazine of History and the AP Reading shows me that this dialogue needs to happen now and in multiple contexts including publications, conferences, and teacher leadership.”

Frederick W. Jordan, Chair, Department of History, Woodberry Forest School, VA.

Education: Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2004; M.A., University of Stony Brook, 1984; B.A., Swarthmore College, 1977.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Trimester sabbatical grants, Woodberry Forest School, spring 2011, fall 2003; participant or presenter at NEH seminars and workshops for secondary school teachers, 2005–2006 (James Madison and the Constitution), 1993 (religion and American culture), and 1991 (urban history); research grant, The Institute for the Study of American Evangelicalism, 1992–1993; Stony Brook School award for excellence in teaching, 1992; fellow, NEH Council for Basic Education, summer 1986. 

Professional Affiliations: OAH (member since 1981): Tachau Teacher of the Year Award Committee, 2009–2011, chair 2010–2011; Advanced Placement United States History examination: Assistant Chief Reader, 2009–present; Guest Lecturer, “America on the World Stage” Teaching American History project, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2009–2014; Advisor, National Humanities Center website, “Divining America: Religion and the National Culture,” 1996–present; member of the Conference on Faith and History since 1979, and chaired CFH Committee on Secondary School Teachers, 2009–2010.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “Teaching the Cold War,” in Gary Reichard and Ted Dickson, eds., America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History (2008); “Boarding Schools and Character Education: A Response to James Hunter and Thomas Lickona” in The Stony Brook School, Symposium on Character Education (2002); “Technology at Woodberry Forest: A Brief History,” in Oh, What a Web We Weave: Technology and Independent Schools (1999); “At Arm’s Length: Pittsburgh’s First Presbyterian Church and Kathryn Kuhlman,” in Edith Blumhofer et al., eds., Pentecostal Currents in the Mainstream Church (1999); “Religion in American History Textbooks: Some Preliminary Reflections,” The New England Journal of History 48 (winter 1991–1992). 

Personal Statement: “Today the work of the OAH is critical to maintaining a historical sense in how Americans think and act, and must therefore encourage the participation of all levels and types of historians in its work. There are challenges at all points of historical instruction: at the university level, overreliance on and under-compensation of adjunct faculty as well as efforts to politicize historical research and compromise scholarly independence; at the secondary level, defunding of schools and lowering of requirements for the study of history; at the elementary level, widespread dumbing-down of historical standards in a test-driven environment; and in the popular marketplace, declining funding for museums and the migration of much of the profession’s popular reading audience to storytellers and ideologues. If elected to the nominating board, I would work to ensure the appointment of women and men to its committees who can effectively identify and implement financially prudent strategies to counteract these trends.”

OAH Nominating Board Candidates: Pair Two

Barbara Ransby, Professor, Departments of African American Studies, History, and Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), Director, GWS Program, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Education: Ph.D., history, University of Michigan, 1996; B.A., Columbia University, 1984.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Catherine Prelinger Scholarship Award, Coordinating Council for Women in History, 2004; Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America, 2004; co-winner; Letitia Woods Brown Memorial (book) Prize, Association of Black Women Historians, 2003; James A. Rawley (book) Prize, OAH, 2004; Liberty Legacy Foundation (book) Award, (co-recipient), OAH, 2004. 

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Distinguished Lecturer; National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA): member of working group on civic engagement; American Historical Association: former chair of Committee on Women Historians; Jane Addams Hull House Museum: advisory board member; Imagining America, a consortium of 83 institutions, working to realize the democratic, public, and civic purposes of American higher education: national board member.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (2012); Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (2003).

Personal Statement: “I am pleased to be nominated and would be happy to serve on the OAH Nominating Board if elected. Much of my service has been in the form of civic organizations, public history, and through extensive committee work at my own institution. This has provided me with leadership skills and experience in getting things done and working democratically with others. What else would I bring to the table? Over the years, (many years!) I have developed an extensive and diverse network of colleagues. I would tap that network for ideas about OAH leadership and potential candidates to put forth. Diversity is also important to me in terms of the inclusion of women, under-represented racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ scholars, and those doing history in unconventional ways. Facilitating this kind of ‘inclusion,’ for lack of a more robust term, has been my life’s work. I would bring that passion and commitment to the nominating board as well.”

Kevin K. Gaines, Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor of History and African American Studies, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan.

Education: Ph.D., Brown University, 1991; M.A., Brown University, 1986; B.A., Harvard University, 1982.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: President, American Studies Association, 2007–2010; awarded Collegiate Chair, University of Michigan, 2010; Director, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, 2005–2010; Fellow, National Humanities Center, 1996–1997; John Hope Franklin Book Prize, American Studies Association, 1997. 

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Freedom, Chair, 2007–present; American Studies Association; American Historical Association. 

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: American Africans In Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era (2006); Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture During the Twentieth Century (1996); “African American History” in American History Now, Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr, eds. (2011); “Lincoln in Africa” in The Global Lincoln, Richard Carwardine and Jay Sexton, eds. (2011); “African American Politics” in The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Politics, Michael Kazin ed. (2009).

Personal Statement: “I have maintained a strong connection and commitment to the OAH since the late 1980s. In those days, among my peers, the OAH’s annual meeting enjoyed a reputation for being inclusive, democratic, and a must-attend event for junior scholars. Since then, I have had the opportunity to serve the OAH as a member of the editorial board of the JAH (2001–2004), and to serve as co-chair of the search committee for the editorship of the Journal. Over the years, I have been impressed by the OAH’s commitment to engaging the wider public, through K-12 initiatives for history teachers, and in partnerships with C-SPAN and the History News Network. These experiences, along with my participation in annual meetings over the years, have deepened my commitment to building on the organization’s strengths and ensuring that the OAH continues to provide a forum for transformative scholarship.”

OAH Nominating Board Candidates: Pair Three

Stephanie McCurry, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Education: Ph.D., State University of New York, Binghamton, 1988; M.A., University of Rochester, 1983; B.A., University of Western Ontario, 1981.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2011 (Confederate Reckoning); Merle Curti Award, OAH, 2011 (Confederate Reckoning); John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2003–2004; John Hope Franklin Prize, American Studies Association, 1996 (Masters of Small Worlds); Francis Butler Simkins Prize, Southern Historical Association, 1997 (Masters of Small Worlds).

Professional Affiliations: OAH: co-chair (with David Blight, Yale), Program Committee, 2003; OAH Distinguished Lecturer, 2006–present; Southern Historical Association: Program Committee, 2008, 1997; Chair, Simkins Award Committee, 1999–2001; Member, A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize Committee, 1996; Journal of the Civil War Era: Member, Editorial Board, 2010–present; American Historical Association: Member, 1988–present; Society of Civil War Historians, 2009–present.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (2010); Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Lowcountry (1995); “War, Gender and Emancipation in the Civil War South,” in William Blair and Karen Younger, eds, Lincoln’s Proclamation (2009); “The Two Faces of Republicanism: Gender and Proslavery Politics in Antebellum South Carolina,” JAH 78 (1992); “Piedmont Mill Workers and the Politics of History,” Labour/Le Travail 29 (1992). 

Personal Statement: “The OAH looks to the nominating board to capture the diverse talents, intellectual interests, and experience of its members for service to the organization. I strongly support the OAH mission to nurture new scholarship, innovative pedagogy, and effective public history. To the nominating board I would bring wide experience as an historian and teacher. I was educated in public universities and teach in a private one, have taught in institutions in three different parts of the country, regularly teach students at all levels, including K-12 teachers, and I currently administer a large undergraduate program. If elected I will strive to ensure that OAH committees represent the diverse interests and commitments of the membership. I will strive especially to draw younger scholars into the work of the organization and to support our colleagues in hard-pressed public institutions in this critical moment for American higher education.”

Mary L. Dudziak, Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science, University of Southern California; John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor, Duke Law School, fall 2011.

Education: Ph.D., Yale University, 1992; M.A., M.Phil., Yale University, 1986; J.D., Yale Law School, 1984; A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1978.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Member, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2007–2008; Guggenheim Fellowship, 2007; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2006–2007; Faculty Recognition Award, Phi Kappa Phi, 2001 and 2011 (Cold War Civil Rights and Exporting American Dreams); OAH-Japanese Association for American Studies Fellowship for Short-Term Residency in Japan, 2000.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Contributing Editor, OAH Magazine of History, July 2011 issue, OAH Distinguished Lecturer since 2004, Joint OAH-ASLH Committee on Access to Lawyers Records; American Society for Legal History: Nominating Committee, chair, Program Committee, chair, Board of Directors (two terms); American Studies Association: Nominating Committee, chair; Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: Program Committee; Law and Society Association: Board of Trustees, Program Committee (two terms), Membership Committee, Hurst Prize Committee, faculty for Law and Society Summer Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 2006.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (2000; 2nd ed., 2011); Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey (2008); War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences (forthcoming Feb. 2012); editor, September 11 in History: A Watershed Moment? (2003); Founder, The Legal History Blog, http://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/ (online since 2006). 

Personal Statement: “At a time of severe budget restraints, the humanities have been under assault, while at the same time the expansion of American global power makes critical understanding of American history more essential than ever. This makes the OAH role in supporting history teachers at all levels, while also enhancing ties with historians of the U.S. around the world, a matter of ongoing importance. As a member of the nominating board, I would seek candidates attuned to the breadth of the organization’s mission, inclusive of its diversities, and attentive to the need for creative solutions for those facing a challenging job market. Having chaired nominating committees for the American Studies Association and the American Society for Legal History, I know that through openness, creativity, and hard work, a nominating board can foster dynamic and inclusive leadership.”