2013 Candidate Biographies

OAH President

Alan M. Kraut, University Professor of History, American University.

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 for Goldberger’s War, 2005; Henry Adams Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government for Goldberger’s War, 2004; Theodore Saloutos Prize, Immigration and Ethnic History Society for Silent Travelers, 1994; 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; Migration Policy Institute: Non-resident Fellow.

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); Media consultant to many documentary films on PBS and History Channel, including Forgotten Ellis Island: The Untold Story of the Ellis Island Hospital (2009) and Cinema’s Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood (2009); Museum Consultant to such institutions as Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History.

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, 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 President-Elect

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: Bonfils-Stanton Award for Arts & Humanities, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, 2012; Earle A. Chiles Award, The Chiles Foundation, 2011; Honorary Lifetime Membership, Western History Association, 2011; 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: President; American Studies Association: President, 1996.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: A Ditch in Time: Denver, the West, and Water (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 Vice President

Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies, Yale University; Adjunct Research Professor of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1972; B.A., University of Minnesota, 1964.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Harwood F. Byrnes/Richard B. Sewall Prize for Teaching Excellence in Yale College, 2010; Edward A. Bouchet Leadership Award, Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Yale University, 2010; Doctor of Science, honoris causa, University of Minnesota, 2006; OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2001–2013; Co-director, with Harry S. Stout, Pew Program in Religion and American History, 1993–2003, nationally competitive fellowships awarded to 250 younger faculty and Ph.D. dissertation students with $5 million in grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Executive Board, 2010–2013; Treasurer Search Committee, 2011; Nominating Board, 2005–2008; Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2001–present; Merle Curti Award Committee, 1999–2001; Program Committee, 1997; Society of American Historians; American Historical Association; Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture: Council, 1992–1995; William and Mary Quarterly Editorial Board, 1992–1995; Council of Graduate Schools: Arlt First Book Award, prize committee, 2005–2009.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: With Grant Wacker and Randall Balmer, Religion in American Life: A Short History (2003; second edition, 2011); Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776 (2000); Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People (1990); The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society (1983); Power, Authority and the Origins of American Denominational Order: The English Churches in the Delaware Valley, 1680–1730 (1978; new edition, 2009).

Personal Statement: “The Organization of American Historians must help teachers, researchers, and writers of American history face unprecedented challenges—the many job crises, appointing temporary rather than tenure-track faculties, severely reduced funding for all levels of public education, declining research and library budgets, threats to the National Endowments for the Humanities and Arts and social science and science funding, politically motivated attacks on teachers and scholars, and state-dictated interpretative demands for history textbooks and curriculum, even as new technologies and transformative interdisciplinary scholarship reshape teaching and research alike. The OAH must broaden and deepen its membership, renew and intensify its commitment to diversity and broad, inclusive approaches to America’s always complex history, and expand its engagements with the amazing variety of individuals who bring American history alive in books, articles, film, classrooms, libraries, archives, and museums throughout the United States and the world. These challenges may be daunting, but they should spur the OAH toward an even more energetic, responsive, and thriving future.”

OAH Executive Board Candidates: Pair One

Betty A. Dessants, Associate Professor of History, Shippensburg University.

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1995; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1990; B.A., Boston University, 1974.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: University Research and Scholarship Grant, Shippensburg University, 2008–2009; Teaching Innovation and Pedagogy Award, Shippensburg University, 2005; Phi Alpha Theta History Professor of the Year, Florida State University, 2000–2001; University Teaching Award, Florida State University, 1999; Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Security Studies, Mershon Center for International Security Studies and Public Policy, Ohio State University, 1995–1996.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession, 2009–2013, Chair, 2011–2012; The College Board Advanced Placement (AP) United States History Program and Reading: AP US History Test Development Committee, Co-chair, 2011–present, Member, 2008–present, Question Leader, 2006–present; Exam Leader, 1995–2005; Table Leader, 1992–1994; Reader, 1988–1991; American Historical Association: Member; Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: Member; National Council for the Social Studies: Member.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Co-authored with Alan Brinkley, Esam El-Fakahany, Michael Flamm, et al., The Chicago Handbook for Teachers: A Practical Guide to the College Classroom (second edition, 2011); “The Pedagogy of Patriotism: The Cold War as Civic Education, 1957–1964,” in Victoria Zhuravleva and Ivan Kurilla, eds., Russia and the United States: Mutual Representations in Textbooks (2009); “Teaching Industrialization from Local, National, and International Perspectives,” in Gary Reichard and Ted Dickson, eds., America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History (2008); “Teaching and the Job Interview,” in Richard Bond and Pillarisetti Sudhir, eds., Perspectives on Life After a History Ph.D. (2005); “Ambivalent Allies: OSS’ USSR Division, the State Department, and the Bureaucracy of Intelligence Analysis, 1941–1945,” Intelligence and National Security 11 (1996).

Personal Statement: “My experience teaching history for more than thirty years in public universities and both public and private secondary schools gives me a broad perspective on the historical profession, one that I believe would be useful to the OAH Executive Board. Throughout my career, I have been involved in preparing future university and secondary school history teachers. I have presented workshops on teaching at the university level and, along with my courses in American and world history, I regularly teach courses in history pedagogy and supervise student teachers. I believe strongly in a partnership between secondary school, college, and university educators. If elected, I would facilitate connections between secondary and higher education through the exchange of innovative pedagogy and scholarly interests; support efforts to broaden graduate training to prepare students for a range of possible jobs, particularly outside of traditional higher education; and work to make the public more aware of the need for history scholarship and education.”

Andrea J. Sachs, Chair, History and Social Studies Department, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Saint Paul, MN.

Education: Ph.D., American Studies, University of Minnesota, 2001; A.B., Harvard University, 1989.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Hamm Endowed Chair in History and Social Studies, 2009–present; Merrill Presidential Scholars Program, Cornell University, 2007; Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1999–2000.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Tachau Teacher of the Year Award Committee, 2010–2012, chair, 2011–2012; National Council for the Social Studies; National Council for History Education; National Association of Independent Schools; Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Member of visiting evaluation and accreditation teams at two independent schools (2012); instructor, “From Depression to War to Prosperity and Power,” an Elderhostel seminar offered by the Minnesota Historical Society (2009); presenter at Minnesota Historical Society’s Comics Camp (2008); faculty participant, Global Youth Leadership Institute (2006–2008); doctoral thesis: Bread, Justice, Dignity, and Democracy: Welfare Activism, Single Motherhood, and the National Welfare Rights Organization, 1965–75 (2001).

Personal Statement: “As a historian who teaches high school juniors and seniors, I am eager to help the OAH work toward its goal of expanding and deepening its connections with secondary teachers. Such professional and scholarly ties will benefit the OAH and boost the expertise and morale of K-12 teachers. High school survey courses, taught by engaged and inspiring teachers, help students develop historical literacy and cultivate the habits of thoughtful, active citizenship. Moreover, for many students these early forays into American history ignite a passion for the subject that leads them to pursue degrees in the field. As a teacher and department chair, I have worked to share best practices and build collegiality within my school and through various professional associations. I look forward to helping the executive board implement the strategic plan and make the OAH’s valuable resources accessible to historians and teachers throughout the profession.”

OAH Executive Board Candidates: Pair Two

Matt Garcia, Professor of History and Transborder Studies, Arizona State University; Director, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies; and Director, Comparative Border Studies, Arizona State University.

Education: Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School, 1997; B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1991.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Fellow, Agrarian Studies Program, Yale University, 2009–2010; Cogut Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellow, Brown University, 2008; Coprimary Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities Award, for the Bracero Digital Archive Project, with Brown University, University of Texas El Paso, George Mason University, and the Smithsonian Institution (2006–2009); National Council on Public History, Outstanding Public History Project Award for “Bracero Historic Archive” (2010); Oral History Association Book Award for A World of Its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles (2003).

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Committee on Committees, 2009–2011; 2006 Program Committee Co-chair; 2004 Program Committee; Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2006–2015; Journal of American History Editorial Board, 2010–2013; American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch (AHA-PCB): 2012 Program Committee Chair; American Studies Association: 2007 Program Committee; Labor and Working Class History Association: Executive Committee, 2001–2004.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement (2012); coedited with Professor Angharad Valdivia, Mapping Latina/o Studies for the Twenty-First Century (2012); “The Importance of Being Asian: Growers, the United Farm Workers and the Rise of Colorblindness” in Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Daniel Hosang, Oneka LaBennett, and Laura Pulido (2012); “Ambassadors in Overalls: Mexican Guest Workers and the Future of Labor,” Boom: A Journal of California 1 (Winter 2011); A World of Its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900–1970 (2001).

Personal Statement: “I have always belonged to interdisciplinary units, worked on interdisciplinary projects, and taught interdisciplinary classes. Yet, my heart has always been with history, especially public history. I am proud to belong to an organization that has taken seriously its obligation to represent all members equally. Our attention to public engagement is critical to the future of our profession and the relevance of history. As a member of the executive board, I will encourage the organization to defend the importance of historical inquiry, especially when it comes under political attack. Based on my JAH experience, I believe we can facilitate closer coherence between OAH meetings and JAH publications. In general, OAH can contribute to a public dialogue on the importance of humanities in the public sphere.”

Jennifer L. Morgan, Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and Department of History, New York University.

Education: Ph.D., Duke University, 1995; M.A., Duke University, 1990; B.A., Third World Studies, Oberlin College, 1986.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Convener, Ideologies of Slavery and Freedom in the Atlantic World, Working Research Group, Humanities Initiative, New York University, 2009–2011; OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2009–2015; Dissertation Fellow, American Association of University Women, 1993–1994; Research Fellow, Fulbright-Hays, 1992; Research Fellow, Social Science Research Council International Pre-dissertation Research Program, 1991–1992.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: 2012 Program Committee; Darlene Clark Hine Award Committee, 2010–2011; Ray Allen Billington Prize Committee, 2005–2007; Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture: Council, 2012–2015; Berkshire Conference of Women Historians: Advisory Committee to the Chair, 2009–2011.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “Gender and Family Life,” in The Slavery Reader, Trevour Bernard and Gad Heuman, eds. (2010); “Experiencing Black Feminism,” in Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower, Deborah Gray White, ed. (2007); edited with Shelley Eversley, The Sexual Body: The Women’s Studies Quarterly, 35 (2007); “Why I Write,” in Why We Write: The Politics and Practice of Writing for Social Change, Jim Downs, ed. (2006); Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in New World Slavery (2004).

Personal Statement: “The challenges facing us as scholars and educators in this economy are clear. Tenure is under siege. Students are drowning in debt. Many of us find ourselves uncertain about what it means to be training graduate students in this climate. Moreover, the promises of the post-civil rights generation have not been delivered. In the midst of the economic pressures on our institutions, many of the currents that brought us into academic life appear to be evaporating. The OAH has consistently pushed the boundaries of the profession by fostering connections between educators across a wide spectrum of institutional locations–high schools, community colleges, museums and living history sites, colleges, and universities. Drawing on that tradition, it can be the space in which we take on the challenges facing us as scholars and educators committed to social justice. I would like to be a part of that conversation.”

OAH Executive Board Candidates: Pair Three

James N. Gregory, Professor of History and Chair, Faculty Senate, University of Washington.

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1983; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: James D. Clowes Teaching Award, University of Washington, 2007; Philip Taft Labor History Book Prize for The Southern Diaspora (2006); Ray Allen Billington Prize, OAH for American Exodus (1991); American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch Book Award for American Exodus (1990); National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, 1990–1991.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2007–present; Chair, Lawrence W. Levine Award Committee, 2008–2009; Contributing Editor, Labor, 2009–present; Pacific Northwest Labor History Association: Board of Trustees, 2008–present; Labor and Working-Class History Association: Program Committee, 2012–2013.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America (2005); American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California (1989); Left Coast Rising: The Making of a Regional Political Tradition (in progress); Articles on migration, regionalism, radicalism, civil rights, public history; Digital public history projects: The Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project http://www.civilrights.washington.edu; The Great Depression in Washington State Project http://depts.washington.edu/depress; Strikes! Labor History Encyclopedia for the Pacific Northwest http://depts.washington.edu/labhist.

Personal Statement: “For the past decade my work has combined digital public history with academic history. Thus I am keenly aware of the challenges facing our discipline as digital media transform publishing and teaching. The OAH should be proactive in addressing this. Digital technologies give us unprecedented tools for scholarly innovation and for expanding historical education beyond the academy. But we should commit ourselves equally to resisting initiatives that threaten our profession or academia in general. The closing and contraction of university presses is already affecting opportunities for publishing and the career paths of younger historians. The threat goes beyond that. Unlike many disciplines, we cannot abandon the book; it is the form most conducive to the production of new historical knowledge. OAH should join with AHA and organizations representing other book-centered disciplines to develop a strategy to preserve scholarly book publishing. And we need to convince our members to defend university presses at their own institutions. This is a complicated moment for academia. It requires us to be advocates as well as scholars.”

Alan Taylor, Professor of History, University of California, Davis.

Education: Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1986; B.A., Colby College, 1977.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Beveridge Prizes for American History, 1996; Mellon Scholar in Residence, American Antiquarian Society, 2000–2001; Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal for Non-Fiction, 2002; University of California, Davis, Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, 2002; Robert C. Ritchie Fellow, Huntington Library.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Nominating Board, 1999–2001; Society for Historians of the Early American Republic: Program Committee, 1995 and 1997; Advisory Council, 1999–2005; President, 2005–2006; Pulitzer Prize (American History) Committee, 1998; Society of American Historians: Member, 1999–present; Parkman Prize Committee, 2003; Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture: Council, 2003–2006; California State Social Science and History Project (K-12 partnership): Faculty Advisor, 2008–present.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies (2010); The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (2006); American Colonies (2001); William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic, (1996); Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760–1820 (1990).

Personal Statement: “In a time of budget cuts and aggressive privatization, history education, at every level, needs forceful advocacy. My public university recently achieved notoriety for pepper-spraying students peacefully protesting budget cuts. Those cuts have reduced the quality of their education, imposed soaring tuition costs, and saddled undergraduates with decades of future debt. The same trends have eroded the conditions and professional prospects of our graduate students. As a faculty advisor for a university partnership with K-12 history and social science teachers in California, I recognize that the related problems of defunding and administrative consolidation extend to every level of education. Many political leaders have persuaded much of the electorate that education is a private benefit, which individuals should pay for, rather than a public good warranting public investment. More than ever, public discourse needs an informed sense of our history, particularly of the long struggle to widen access to education and to political rights.”

OAH Nominating Board Candidates: Pair One

Regina Kunzel, Paul R. Frenzel Chair in Liberal Arts; Chair, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS); Professor, Departments of GWSS and History, University of Minnesota.

Education: Ph.D., Yale University, 1990; B.A., Stanford University, 1981.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Grant-in-Aid of Research and Scholarship, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota, 2012–2014; Research Associate, Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, 2005–2006; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2000–2001; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1992–1993; Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1986–1987.

Professional Affiliations: OAH; American Historical Association; Committee on LGBT History; American Studies Association; Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.

Publications: Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality (2008); Fallen Women, Problem Girls: Unmarried Mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work, 1890 to 1945 (1993); Co-editor, The Queer Issue: New Visions of America’s Lesbian and Gay Past, Special Issue of the Radical History Review 62 (1995); “Situating Sex: Prison Sexual Culture in the Mid-Twentieth-Century United States,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 8 (2002); “Pulp Fictions and Problem Girls: Reading and Rewriting Single Pregnancy in the Postwar United States,” American Historical Review 100 (1995).

Personal Statement: “I am honored to be nominated for a position on the OAH Nominating Board. My teaching, research, and service reflect my commitments to increasing racial, sexual, class, and gender equity and diversity, and to fostering disciplinary openness and inter- and cross-disciplinary conversations. I am committed to bolstering the OAH’s efforts to address these issues as they affect members at every career stage and at all types of institutions. My priorities as a member of the nominating board would be to forward candidates who are open to interdisciplinary conversation and to engaging with scholars and teachers doing historical work in a range of locations. I am also committed to furthering the OAH’s efforts to tackle challenges associated with the recession, diminishing support for public education, and the difficult job market for graduate students.”

Margo Anderson, Professor, History and Urban Studies, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Education: Ph.D., Rutgers University-New Brunswick, 1978; M.A., Rutgers University-New Brunswick, 1972; B.A., summa cum laude, Bucknell University, 1967.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Fellow, American Statistical Association/National Science Foundation/Census Bureau, 2012–2013; Bixby Fellow, Population Reference Bureau, 2005; Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1998–1999; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1989–1990; NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1981–1982.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: 2012 Annual Meeting Local Resource Committee; Merle Curti Award Committee, 2010–2011; Social Science History Association: Vice President, 2005; President, 2006; Past President, 2006–2008; Cochair, 1992 Program Committee; Russell Sage Foundation and Brown University US2010 Project: Advisory Committee Member, 2009–2013; Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research: Council Member, 1998–2003, Chair, 2000–2002; American Statistical Association: Committee on Committees, 2004–2010; Vice Chair, 2007–2008; Chair, 2009–2010; Archives Committee, 1995–2001.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Co-edited with Constance F. Citro and Joseph J. Salvo, Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census: From the Constitution to the American Community Survey (second edition, 2011); Coedited with Victor Greene, Perspectives on Milwaukee’s Past (2009); with Stephen Fienberg, Who Counts? The Politics of Census-Taking in Contemporary America (1999; revised and updated 2001); co-edited with Maurine Greenwald, Pittsburgh Surveyed (1996); The American Census: A Social History (1988).

Personal Statement: “Professional organizations like the OAH support the ongoing work of all historians through meetings, advocacy, and outreach to our larger public audiences. While we all pay dues to support a professional staff, the lion’s share of the organization’s activity and energy has to be supplemented by volunteer work by officers, meeting and program participants, and ordinary members who step up to support the promotion of history. The nominating board identifies people to run for office to keep all these enterprises going and should be attuned to the complex needs of the association. I have participated in the activities of the OAH and other professional organizations, particularly those supporting social science history, for almost 35 years, and, now as an ‘old hand,’ am committed to identifying a balance of nominees for the organization to assure the voices of the young, new ideas and new blood, and experienced members and continuity.”

OAH Nominating Board Candidates: Pair Two

Seth Rockman, Associate Professor, Department of History, Brown University.

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1999; B.A., Columbia University, 1993.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society, 2011; OAH Merle Curti Award for Social History, 2010; Philip Taft Labor History Book Prize, 2010; H.L. Mitchell Prize in Southern Labor History, 2010; ACLS Charles Ryskamp Fellowship, 2009.

Professional Affiliations: OAH; Society for Historians of the Early American Republic: Advisory Council, 2012–2015; 2004 and 2012 Program Committees; Editorial Board, Journal of the Civil War Era, 2010–present; Editorial Board, Rhode Island History, 2012–present; Jury Chair, Frederick Douglass Book Prize, 2011; Advisory Board, Brown University Slavery and Justice Committee, 2012–present.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Plantation Goods and the National Economy of Slavery (in progress); with Sven Beckert, Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (in progress); “Jacksonian America,” American History Now, Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr, eds. (2011); Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (2009); Welfare Reform in the Early Republic: A Brief History with Documents (2003).

Personal Statement: “Having joined the OAH as a graduate student, I have witnessed its impressive advocacy for an inclusive American history, one with crucial insights for contemporary civic culture and political life. The nominating board furthers this work by recruiting historical practitioners from a range of constituencies united in their commitment to an American history that matters. I’ve seen the power of such collaborations at my own institution, as Brown University has confronted the slavetrading histories of its founders. This endeavor has brought together researchers, curriculum designers, classroom educators, museum curators, and community activists. If elected, I would draw on this experience to help the OAH pursue its mission.”

Maria E. Montoya, Associate Professor of History, New York University, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Education: Ph.D., Yale University, 1993; B.A., Yale University, 1986.

Professional Affiliations: OAH; Western History Association; American Studies Association.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Global Americans: A Global and Social History of the United States (forthcoming), with Laura Belmonte, Carl Guarneri, Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, Steve Hackel, and Lon Kurashige; Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Problem of Land in the American West (2005); “From Homogeneity to Complexity: Understanding the Urban West,” Western Historical Quarterly 42 (2011); “Big Love: Unnatural Families and the Suburban West,” Montana: The Magazine of Western History 58 (2008); Consultant to Homelands: How Women Made the West at Autry Museum.

Personal Statement: “I am pleased to be nominated to serve on the nominating board. I have worked on behalf of the OAH (Program Committee, Distinguished Lectureship Program, Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee, Committee on Committees), the American Studies Association (Program Chair, various prize committees), and the Western History Association (Council, Executive Director Search, Chair of Committee on Race in the American West), and will bring this experience to my work on this committee. I am passionate about the teaching of U.S history and helping students to understand their place in both the context of our history as a nation as well as our place within the global economy. My work on the textbook and as the director of undergraduate studies underscores this commitment. I am also committed to working to find the best qualified and most diverse group of leaders to help move the OAH forward in these difficult economic and culturally-divisive times.”

OAH Nominating Board Candidates: Pair Three

Gloria Elizarraras Miranda, Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Professor of History, El Camino College, Torrance, CA.

Education: Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1978; B.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1972; A.A., Compton College, 1970.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: KCET Hispanic Community Relations Award for successful Chicana Educators, 1996; Academic Service Award for Distinguished Alumni, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1996; Fellow, Ford Foundation, 1973–1978.

Professional Affiliations: OAH: OAH Magazine of History Advisory Board, 1997–2000, Chair, 1999; Executive Board, 2000–2003; Executive Board Liaison, Committee on Community Colleges, and Joint OAH/AHA Committee on Part-Time and Adjunct Employment, 2000–2003; Convention Special Events and Publicity Committee, 2001; Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Freedom, 2004–2007; Community College Advisory Board, 2005–2010; Committee on Committees, 2008–2009; American Historical Association: Committee on Minority Historians, 1999–2001; Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award Committee, 1996–1999, Chair, 1998–1999; California Historical Society: Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Publications Committee, 1985–1990; Historical Society of Southern California: Board of Directors, 2002–2008; Haynes Research Grants Committee, 1997–1999, 2005–2006; Nominating Committee, 2006.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “Mexican Immigrant Families: Cultural Survival and Adaptation in the Formation of Community in Los Angeles, 1900–1945,” in City of Promise: Race and Historical Change in Los Angeles, Martin Schiesl and Mark M. Dodge, eds.; “Childrearing in the Spanish/Mexican West,” “Jose de Figuerora,” “Mexican Settlement in the West,” and “Patricia de Leon,” Encyclopedia of the American West, Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod, eds., 1996; “Mexican Americans and the American Way of Life,” in American Ethnics and Minorities, Alfred Wrobel, ed., 1994; “Racial and Cultural Dimensions of Gente de Razón Status in Spanish and Mexican California,” Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly 70 (1988); “Gente de Razón Marriage Patterns in Spanish and Mexican California: A Case Study of Santa Barbara and Los Angles, Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly 63 (1981).

Personal Statement: “OAH has a strong history of inclusivity in reaching out to historians from all educational levels—not only to those in universities and colleges but to historians and educators in community colleges and precollegiate institutions—which has resulted in expanded service to the historical profession across the nation. Given the fiscal challenges faced by academics in many educational institutions at present, OAH’s vision of inclusivity in this era of reduced budgets, declining student enrollments, and reduced employment opportunities for history graduates challenges us to continue to seek candidates who will assume leadership roles within the organization. As a community college historian and academic administrator, my goals have always been focused on service, and I will seek to pursue this goal by recruiting talented historians and educators from all institutions while addressing what community college historians can contribute in shaping the future of OAH for years to come.”

Mark D. Roehrs, Professor of History, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL.

Education: Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1998; M.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1989; B.S., Concordia University, 1987.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops, “United By Water” (2011); Participant,“History and Commemoration, Legacies of the Pacific War” (2010).

Professional Affiliations: OAH: Editorial Board, OAH Magazine of History, 2012–2015; Committee on Community Colleges, 2008–2012, chair, 2009–2010; Community College Summer Workshop Local Arrangements Coordinator, 2012; Community College Advisory Board, 2006–2010; Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations; Society for Military History.

Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “The War in the Southwest Pacific” in Companion to World War Two in the Pacific (forthcoming); with William A. Renzi, A History of World War Two in the Pacific (1991, second edition 2004); “Dollars and Sense in the Postwar World,” The New England Journal of History 58 (2001); “The Good Neighbor Policy” in Companion to the New Deal (2000).

Personal Statement: “My initial decision to join the OAH was based on the organization’s commitment to history education. As colleges and universities strive to cut costs, too often they target the liberal arts, and history has become one of those endangered disciplines. As a member of the nominating board I would endeavor to sustain and develop OAH’s commitment to quality history instruction at all levels, by supporting and recruiting candidates for positions within the organization who are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and dedicated educators. While I do not believe that valuable research and writing just happen, neither do I think that passing on the benefits of that good work follows automatically. Rather, good teaching and the place of history in all levels of the higher education curriculum must be encouraged, supported, and advanced at every opportunity. As a member of the nominating board, I would see those goals as my primary responsibility to the organization, my colleagues, and my discipline.”