2014 Candidate Biographies

EACH FALL, individual members of the Organization of American Historians cast their ballots for the annual OAH election using the slate of candidates prepared by the OAH Nominating Board. As outlined in Article V of the OAH Constitution (http://www.oah.org/about/oah/constitution/), nominating and executive board candidates who receive the highest number of votes serve a three–year term in office. Election results are reported at the annual business meeting each spring. (An asterisk indicates appointed office.)

View the slate of candidates for the 2014 OAH Election.

OAH President*

Patricia Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Center of the American West; Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder. Education: PhD, Yale University, 1980; BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1972. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Bonfils-Stanton Award for Arts and 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–January 2013; 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); 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); Desert Passages: Encounters with the American Deserts (1985). Personal Statement: The early twenty-first century does not seem to be shaping up as a golden age for the profession of history. And yet the intrinsic interest, appeal, and even magnetism of historical stories, along with the wisdom brought to being through historical perspective, positions us to speak in a tone of affirmation and persuasion, not lamentation or defensiveness, as we make the case for the value of our work. The field of American history offers endless opportunities for alliances–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 learning about and mobilizing the insight and energy of my fellow OAH members, as we seek opportunities to persuade students, elected officials, bureaucrats, activists, businesspeople, and general citizens to join us in the satisfying work of taking our past seriously.

OAH President-Elect*

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: PhD, University of Minnesota, 1972; BA, 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; Codirector, with Harry S. Stout, Pew Program in Religion and American History, 1993–2003 (nationally competitive fellowships awarded to 250 younger faculty and PhD 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, 16801730 (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 Vice President*

Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University, and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Education: PhD, Brandeis University, History of American Civilization, 1974; BA, magna cum laude in History, Cornell University, 1967. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: American Academy of Arts & Sciences, elected member, 2008; Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, fellowship, 2008–2009, 1998–1999; French-American Foundation Chair, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 2003–2004; Fulbright Lectureship Grant (Japan-US Educational Commission), July 2001; Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Graduate Society Medal, 1997. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Merle Curti Award Committee, 2008; Executive Board, 1997–2000; Distinguished Lectureship Program, 1997–present; Nominating Board, 1993–1995; Journal of American History Editorial Board, 1996–1999; American Historical Association: delegate to American Council of Learned Societies, 2008–2012; Society of American Historians: Executive Board, 2006–2009; American National Biography, senior editor, 1989–1998; American Studies Association: National Council, 1987–1990. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “Revisiting the Transatlantic 1920s: Vincent Sheean vs. Malcolm Cowley,” American Historical Review 118 (2013); Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (2000); A Woman Making History: Mary Ritter Beard Through Her Letters (1991); The Grounding of Modern Feminism (1987); The Bonds of Womanhood: “Woman’s Sphere” in New England, 17801835 (1977; 2d ed. with new preface, 1997). Personal Statement: Making history matter is a more complex endeavor than ever. Popular culture and technology emphasize the future insistently; who cares about the past? History enrollments are dropping in colleges and universities. Public funding for historical projects has been squeezed. Yet there is another side. Historical documentaries attract huge, genuinely interested audiences–historical exhibits, too. Projects in the “digital humanities” offer new tools for amassing data to document the past. Historians alert to interdisciplinary modes and to global as well as national frameworks are rewriting US history from original angles. Current problems in funding higher education, including the rapid increase of adjunct positions and the job dearth for PhDs, demand the attention of the OAH, but the more central issue for our historians’ organization, stretching from public historians to K-12 grades to research universities, is making the case for in-depth historical understanding as a necessary part of contemporary thinking.

OAH Executive Board Candidates—Pair One

James R. Barrett, Professor of History and African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Education: PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1981; MA, Warwick University (UK), 1973; BA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1972. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and Guest Professor of History, Osaka University, 2012; Dean’s Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching, 1990, 2010; Graduate College Mentoring Award, 2000; Carlton Qualey Article Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 1999, 2006; Richard G. and Carole J. Cline University Scholar, 1990–1993. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Member, 1973–present; Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee, 2001–2002; OAH/Japan Association of American Studies Exchange, Residency at Osaka University of Foreign Studies, 2001; Immigration and Ethnic History Society: Executive Committee, 2012–present, Nominations Committee, Chair, 2013–present; Labor and Working Class History Association: Organizing Committee, 1997–1998, Graduate Awards Committee, 2003–2005, Gutman Dissertation Prize Committee, Chair, 2007–2009; American History Teachers’ Collaborative, Urbana School District: Lead Historian, 2005–2013; The Working Class in American History: Coeditor, 2005–present. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multi-Ethnic City (2012; 2013); William Z. Foster and the Tragedy of American Radicalism (2000; 2001); Work and Community in “The Jungle”: Chicago’s Packing House Workers, 18941922 (1987; 1990); Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, edited with an introduction and notes (1988); “Americanization from the Bottom Up: Immigration and the Remaking of the American Working Class, 1880–1930,” Journal of American History 79 (1992). Personal Statement: In my scholarship and teaching, I have reached out to communities beyond the academy and would welcome the opportunity to support the OAH’s work in this area. My experience has focused mainly on workshops and seminars for high school teachers and trade union members, but it has also included some work with incarcerated people. I have concentrated especially on support of graduate students—teaching, programming, advice and mentoring, employment. The OAH’s work in this area is vital to the future of the profession. As a lifelong member, I greatly admire the organization—for its service to members, students, and the public, of course—but also for its demonstrated commitment to building a more democratic society. My students and I have benefitted enormously from its work, and I look forward to supporting that work more actively and insuring that the OAH is there for future generations.

Beryl Satter, Professor of History, Rutgers University–Newark. Education: PhD, Yale University, 1992; M.Phil., Yale University, 1989; Master of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School, 1986; BA, Barnard College, 1981. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, awarded by Rutgers University, 2011; Finalist, J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, awarded by Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Nieman Foundation at Harvard, 2010; National Jewish Book Award in History, awarded by the Jewish Book Council, 2010; OAH Liberty Legacy Foundation Award, 2010; Finalist, Ron Ridenhouer Book Prize, 2009. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Liberty Legacy Foundation Award Committee, 2012–2013. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America (2009; paperback 2010); Each Mind a Kingdom: American Women, Sexual Purity, and the New Thought Movement, 18751920 (1999; paperback, 2001); Article, “The Sexual Abuse Paradigm in Historical Perspective: Passivity and Emotion in Mid-Twentieth-Century America,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 12 (2003); “Marcus Garvey, Father Divine and the Gender Politics of Race Difference and Race Neutrality,” American Quarterly 47 (1996), reprinted in Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion 1 (2002), and in African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology, edited by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. and Cornel West (2003); Book chapter, “The Left,” in Tim Aubry and Trysh Travis, eds., Rethinking Therapeutic Culture (forthcoming). Personal Statement: State withdrawal from promoting educational access forms the backdrop for current battles over the history curriculum. I teach at a public university where state funding has been slashed, from approximately 70 percent to 30 percent and dropping. The financial shortfall is partially made up by pushing higher tuition onto our students, who often show up to class exhausted after squeezing their classes into schedules determined not by academic interests, but by the dictates of their full-time employment. We have also witnessed funding inequalities between campuses in our state university system, in which students at urban, working-class, majority-minority campuses pay the same tuition as those at suburban, middle-class campuses, but receive less in return (thus subsidizing wealthier campuses with their tuition money). The OAH has an opportunity to use its resources to advocate for increased educational access at all levels, and for an inclusive history that fosters mutual respect and political engagement.

OAH Executive Board Candidates—Pair Two

Mark Philip Bradley, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of History, University of Chicago. Education: PhD, Harvard University, 1995; MA, Harvard University, 1989; AM, University of Michigan, 1987; BGS, University of Michigan, 1986. Grants, Fellowships, Honors and Awards: Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, American Council of Learned Societies, 2005–2006; History News Network Top Young Historian, 2006; National Endowment for the Humanities University Faculty Fellowship, 2002–2003; Harry J. Benda Prize, Association for Asian Studies, 2002; Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, 1991–1992. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2011–present; Program Committee, 2008; Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: Member; President, 2013; Teaching American History and Chicago Teachers as Scholars Program Seminar Leader: Newberry Library and University of Illinois-Chicago, 2008–2012; Cornell University Press: Coeditor, The United States in the World book series, 2006–present; US Department of Interior Cold War Advisory Committee, 2010–2013. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: The United States and the Global Human Rights Imagination (forthcoming 2015); Vietnam at War (2009); Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 19191950 (2000); coeditor with Brooke L. Blower, Making the Familiar Strange: Iconic American Texts after the Transnational Turn (forthcoming 2015); coeditor with Marilyn B. Young, Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars: Transnational and International Perspectives (2008). Personal Statement: I am honored to be nominated for the OAH Executive Board. My own writing and teaching have been concerned with understanding American history on a transnational canvas, and I would welcome the opportunity to help deepen the OAH’s commitment to global engagement. At the same time, the OAH must continue to address challenges we face here at home, renewing commitments to diversity and inclusion in our membership; addressing the substantial structural and fiscal challenges facing teachers and students of history in K-12 schools and in colleges and universities, public historians and archivists; working to make the OAH a place where graduate students can flourish as they cope with the stresses of a difficult job market; and, in the words of the American Academy of Arts and Science’s recent report on the humanities, The Heart of the Matter, make a “clear and convincing case for the value” of US history in the life of the nation.

James T. Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University. Education: PhD, Stanford University, History and Humanities, 1980; MA, Stanford University, History, 1976; AB, Dartmouth, 1973. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, 2008–2009; Harvard College Professor (for contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching), 2003-2008; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1999–2000; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1991–1992; OAH Merle Curti Award, 1987. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Life Member; Committee on Committees, 2012–2014; Journal of American History Editorial Board, 2004–2007; Merle Curti Intellectual History Award Committee, Chair, 1997–1999; American Historical Association: Life member; Littleton-Griswold Award Committee, 1998–2000; American Studies Association: Life member; Modern Intellectual History: Editorial Board, 2003–present; La Revue Tocqueville/The Tocqueville Review: Editorial Board, 1991–2001; The Tocqueville Society Council, 2001–present. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 18701920 (1986); coeditor with Richard Wightman Fox, A Companion to American Thought (1995); The Virtues of Liberalism (1998); Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition (2011); Tragic Irony: The Rise of Democracy in European and American Thought (forthcoming). Personal Statement: I became a historian because I believe that understanding history is crucial for understanding our own time. Although ideas about American history have always shaped American politics, disagreements about our past have rarely been as strident as they are today. The OAH must ensure that the voices of the historical profession are not drowned out by partisan manipulations of the past. Without abandoning our foundation in scholarly publishing, we must engage directly with the expanding uses of history. The digitizing of the historical record, the proliferation of documentaries, and the rise of online courses simultaneously present the historical profession with exciting opportunities and threaten our standing. As the OAH continues working to become a more inclusive body and solidifies its links with public historians, secondary-school teachers, and US historians outside our borders, we must find new ways to make ourselves heard in our culture’s rapidly changing conversations about our past.

OAH Executive Board Candidates—Pair Three

Spencer R. Crew, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, George Mason University. Education: PhD, Rutgers University, 1979; MA, Rutgers University, 1972; AB, Brown University, 1971. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: OAH: Distinguished Lecturer, 2013; Rutgers University Distinguished Graduate School Award, 2006; Morehouse College Collegium Scholar, 2006; Honorary Doctorate, Rutgers University, 2002; Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of African American Museums, 2002. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Nominating Board, 2008–2011; Committee on Public History, 2001–2004; National Council for History Education: Chair, 2001–2005; National Trust for Historic Preservation: Board Member, 2003–2011; American Historical Association: Professional Division, 2005–2008; Brown University Alumni Association: President, 2007–2009. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: “Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration 1915–1940,” (This was a major exhibition on the Great Migration of Afro-Americans from the South to northern industrial cities. The exhibition opened in February of 1987 at the National Museum of History, Smithsonian Institution); Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration 19151940 (1987); Black Life in Secondary Cities: Camden and Elizabeth, New Jersey 18601920 (1993); The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, co-authored with Lonnie Bunch, Mark Hirsch and Harry Rubenstein (2000); Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, coauthored with Henry Louis Gates and Cynthia Goodman (2002). Personal Statement: I will bring many years of experience to the executive board as a result of serving on a variety of boards and as the executive of organizations with boards. I was director of the National Museum of American History for nine years and president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for six years. I served as chair of the National Council for History Education as well as on the boards of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Alliance of Museums, National History Day, and Brown University. This has made me familiar with the responsibilities of board members as well as the challenges faced by staff on a day-to-day basis. The insights gained from these experiences will guide me in my responsibilities as a board member. I want to help the OAH use its resources in the best possible way as well as explore new avenues for best serving the needs of the membership.

Barbara Clark Smith, Curator of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Education: PhD, Yale University, 1983; MA, Yale University, 1977; MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1973; BA, University of Pennsylvania 1973. Grants, Fellowships, Honors and Awards: Secretary’s Research Prize, Smithsonian Institution, 2012; John Carter Brown Library Fellowship 1986; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for Recent Recipients of the PhD, 1986. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Program Committee, 2013; American Studies Association: Council, 2000–2002; Cochair, Task Force on Public Practice, 2002–2004; Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture: Associate; Council, 1996–1998. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: The Freedoms We Lost: Consent and Resistance in Revolutionary America (2011); co-curator of “Jamestown, Quebec, and Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings” (2007–2009) and coauthor with James Kelly of title essay in catalogue publication; curator of “Men and Women–A History of Costume, Gender, and Power, and coauthor, with Kathy Peiss, of Men and WomenWho Wears the Pants? (1990); Co-curator of “Claiming a Public Space: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Pride since Stonewall” (1994); Co-curator, “After the Revolution: Life in America, 1780–1800” (1985), and author, After the Revolution: the Smithsonian History of Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century (1985). Personal Statement: As a museum curator, I have relied on connections with OAH colleagues as I have pursued both scholarly and public history projects. Those connections have also sustained my Smithsonian colleagues as we have negotiated the culture wars of recent decades–sometimes in the uncomfortable spotlight, mostly in the day-to-day politics of public presentation, fundraising, and the effort to maintain a space that treats museum visitors as members of a public rather than a market. I therefore support OAH initiatives that bring academic historians and practitioners at public sites, museums, and National Parks into conversation. I hope also to strengthen OAH efforts to bringing the concerns and insights of high school teachers, museum educators, and others into the mix at our annual convention. The OAH can help PhD historians build careers in an array of public institutions and promote collaboration to advance broad public education and civic discussion.

OAH Nominating Board Candidates—Pair One

Kathleen Franz, Associate Professor of History and Director of Public History, American University. Education: PhD, American Civilization, Brown University, 1999; AM, Brown University, 1991; BA, American Studies, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1990. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Goldman Sachs Senior Fellowship, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 2011–2012; American University Teaching with Research Award, 2010; Co-Principal Investigator, Teaching American History Grant, 2010–2013; Brooke Hindle Prize, Society for the History of Technology, 2002; Senior Fellowship, Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 2000. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Coeditor, Exhibition Reviews, Journal of American History, (2012–present); Committee on Public History, 2007–2011, Chair, 2009–2010; Annual Meeting Local Resource Committee, 2010; National Council on Public History: Cochair, Program Committee, joint conference with the OAH, 2012; NCPH Representative, Joint Working Group on Tenure and Promotion with AHA and OAH, 2007–2010; NCPH Delegate to American Council of Learned Societies, 2008–2010; American Historical Association: Local Arrangements Committee, 2007–2008; Society for the History of the Federal Government: Executive Council, 2007–2010; American Studies Association: Member. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Exhibitions: Co-Curator, “American Enterprise,” National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (member of four-person curatorial team), opening 2015; Curator, “Macaulay: The Art of Drawing Architecture,” National Building Museum, Washington, DC (2005–2008). Books: Kathleen Franz and Susan Smulyan, eds., Major Problems in American Popular Culture (2011); Tinkering: Consumers Reinvent the Early Automobile (2005). Reports: “Tenure and Promotion and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian,” a report and white paper sponsored by the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the National Council on Public History (approved by all three boards in 2010). Personal Statement: At a moment when policy makers have slashed budgets for higher education and cultural institutions, historians across the profession need to speak forcefully for the value of history and the humanities in national life and in our local communities. As a public historian and member of the OAH, I have served on committees that have advocated for a diversity of voices in the organization. The Nominating Board is an important place to create and maintain the OAH as a ‘big tent’ organization that embraces graduate students, precollegiate teachers, community college teachers, and public historians of all stripes, from park rangers to filmmakers. I am saddened that some historians who work outside of academia feel more at home in other professional associations than the OAH. It is critical that the OAH recognize varieties of historical practice and welcome all historians to help build the organization in new directions and to advocate for history in the public square.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library. Education: PhD, History, Rutgers University, 2004; BA, Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1993. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Honorary Doctorate, The New School, 2013; John Hope Franklin Best Book Award, American Studies Association, 2011; New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Grant, Indiana University, 2010–2011; College of Arts and Humanities Fellowship, Indiana University, Fall 2010; Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on Race, Crime, and Justice, Vera Institute of Justice, New York, NY, 2003–2005. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Journal of American History: Contributing Editor, Special Issue on the Carceral State; Member; National Academy of Sciences Committee to Study the Causes and Consequences of the High Rates of Incarceration: Committee Member; W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University: Transition Magazine Editorial Board; American Studies Association: Member; Association for the Study of Life and African American History: Member. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (2010); “Where Did All the White Criminals Go?: Reconfiguring Race and Crime on the Road to Mass Incarceration,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 13 (2011). Personal Statement: In my capacity as Associate Editor of the Journal of American History, I saw more clearly than at any point in graduate school or as a faculty member the tremendous talent in our profession. I like to say to non-historians that I work with some of the smartest people in the world. And yet so much of that brilliance never moves off campus. This would be fine in a public culture that places high value on the humanities. The work we do in our classrooms and our public scholarship would filter through society and help shape knowledge about the past in ways productive to our present and future. But anti-intellectualism and political attacks on liberal education work against us. Therefore, we must be more visible and vocal as caretakers of the past, of custodians of the stories we tell that shape our understanding of democracy, of equality, of interdependence in the world. I plan to seek out those among us who are willing to raise the visibility of the work we do, inspiring each other and our students to use knowledge in the service of our democracy.

OAH Nominating Board Candidates—Pair Two

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, Merle Curti Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Education: PhD, History of American Civilization, Brandeis University, 2003; BA, History, University of Rochester, 1992. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: 2013 Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the Best Book in Intellectual History (American Nietzsche); 2013 Society for US Intellectual History Prize for the Best Book in US Intellectual History (American Nietzsche); Mellon First Book Prize, Center for Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009–2010); American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Scholar (2005–2006); Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2001–2002). Professional Affiliations: OAH: Merle Curti Award Committee, 2013–2014; Member; American Historical Association: Member; Society for US Intellectual History: Member; American Studies Association: Member. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (2012); “Philosophy,” in Joan Shelley Rubin and Scott E. Casper, eds., The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (2013); “Worldly Possessions: Nietzsche’s Texts, American Readers, and the Intimacy and Itinerancy of Ideas,” New German Critique 38 (2011); “Anti-Intellectualism as Romantic Discourse,” Daedalus 138 (2009); “Conventional Iconoclasm: The Cultural Work of the Nietzsche Image in Twentieth-Century America,” Journal of American History 93 (2006). Personal Statement: For me and my US Americanist colleagues, the OAH has offered essential professional training, given us exposure to the most innovative scholarship, and nourished our sense of purpose in our classrooms and communities. As a member of the nominating board, my priority would be to ensure that the OAH continues to play this role. We all know the predicaments we face: K-12 educators pressured to teach to the test, humanities enrollments shrinking alarmingly, and public universities and museums learning that “privatization” is a gussied-up term for death by a thousand cuts. American historians of all kinds require the OAH’s commitment to balancing scholarship and teaching, objectivity and advocacy, and visionary leadership and inclusivity. Now more than ever, we need our organization to look inward, facilitating our research and educational commitments, while looking outward, helping us to bring the insights and expertise of our profession to public debates.

Leslie J. Reagan, Professor of History and University Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with affiliations in Gender and Women’s Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, and the Colleges of Law and Medicine. Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991; BA, University of California, Davis, 1981. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: University Scholar, 2012–2015, University of Illinois’s highest award for scholarly and teaching excellence; Arthur J. Viseltear Prize, 2012, American Public Health Association, for Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortions in Modern America; Joan Kelly Memorial Award, 2011, American Historical Association, for Dangerous Pregnancies; Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, 2011, Society for Medical Anthropology, Section of the American Anthropological Association, for Dangerous Pregnancies; Queen Award for Teaching, Department of History, 2012–2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2012–2015; American Association for the History of Medicine: Governing Council, (elected), 2008–2011; Shryock Award Committee, 2014; Garrison Committee, 2007–2008; Bulletin of the History of Medicine Advisory Editorial Board member, 2004–2007; Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2002; Ad Hoc Book Prize Committee, 2001–2002; William Osler Medal Prize Committee, 2002; American Historical Association; Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations; Editorial board member for Journal of Women’s History, 2004–2008; Gender and History, 1999–present. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America (2010); Medicine’s Moving Pictures: Medicine, Health, and Bodies in American Film and Television, coedited with Nancy Tomes and Paula A. Treichler (2007); When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 18671973 (1997); “Representations and Reproductive Hazards of Agent Orange,” Journal of Medicine, Law, and Ethics 39 (2011); “Law and Medicine,” Cambridge History of Law in America, vol. 3, ed. by Christopher Tomlins and Michael Grossberg (2008). Personal Statement: I am honored to be nominated. I have always been a proud member of the OAH because of its commitment to a democratic profession and to scholarly excellence, historical education at all levels, and public history. The OAH plays an important role in explaining to the public and policymakers why public education, public universities, and colleges deserve sturdy investment and why government documents and archives must be preserved and accessible. The OAH also needs to pay close attention to HIPPA, IRB, copyright law, and other regulations that may limit future access to medical, scientific, legal, and other records due to privacy concerns. They, too, need to be preserved and accessible. On the Nominating Board, I would seek candidates who support these values and the OAH’s crucial public service work of protecting the historical recorda legacy that belongs to all Americanswhich can too easily be destroyed or hidden.

OAH Nominating Board Candidates—Pair Three

Joseph Crespino, Professor of History, Emory University.Education: PhD, MA, Stanford University, 2002; MEd, University of Mississippi, 1996; BA, Northwestern University, 1994. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, University of Tübingen, Spring 2014; OAH Distinguished Lecturer, 2012–present; National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award, 2009; Emory University Center for Teaching and Curriculum, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2009; Lillian Smith Book Prize, 2008. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Member; Emory University: Chair, Executive Committee, Laney Graduate School; Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department, 2010–2013; Editorial Board Member, Southern Spaces; AHA: Member; Southern Historical Association: Member. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Strom Thurmond’s America (2012); with Matthew D. Lassiter, eds., The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (2009); In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution (2007); “The Stennis Amendment and the Fracturing of Liberal School Desegregation Policy, 1964–1972, Journal of Policy History 18 (2006); “The Strange Career of Atticus Finch,” Southern Cultures 6 (2000). Personal Statement: For the last three years I served as the director of undergraduate studies in my department where I found that my primary job was explaining to students why history was relevant to their lives and important to their futures. It was not always easy, not with the steep costs of higher education, the competitive job market, and the pressure for “practical” majors. But the pressure is not only on students. It is on faculty, administrators, universities, colleges, and high schools as well to do more with less. As teachers and scholars we must push back against these pressures, explaining time and again to our students and the broader culture the importance of a well informed, inclusive historical knowledge to their lives, their communities, and our nation. If elected, I will try to nominate people of all backgrounds inside this vital organization who are eager to push back.

Neil Foley, Robert and Nancy Dedman Chair in History, Southern Methodist University. Education: PhD, University of Michigan, 1990; MA, University of Michigan, 1985; MA, Georgetown University, 1975; BA, University of Virginia, 1971. Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards: Guggenheim Fellow, 2008–2009; Woodrow Wilson International Center, Senior Research Fellow, 2007–2008; Fulbright Senior Fellow, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2000–2001; OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award for The White Scourge, 1998; AHA Pacific Coast Branch Book Award for The White Scourge, 1998. Professional Affiliations: OAH: Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2002–present; American Historical Association: Nominating Committee, 2004–2007 (chair, 2006–2007); American Studies Association: National Council, 2000–2003, Cochair, Program Committee, 1999–2000; Southern Historical Association: Committee on Minorities, 2001–2003, Program Committee, 1995–1996; Western History Association: Program Committee, 1997–1998. Publications, Museum Exhibits, and Other Projects: Latino USA: Mexicans in the Making of America (forthcoming 2014); Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity (2010); “Partly Colored or Other White: Mexican Americans and Their Problem with the Color Line,” in Beyond Black and White: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the US South and Southwest, Stephanie Cole and Alison M. Parker, eds. (2004); Coauthored with John Chávez, Teaching Mexican American History (2002); The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas (1997). Personal Statement: After teaching at a large public university for more than two decades, I recently accepted a position at a private university that “prepares students for leadership in their professions and in their communities.” I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I am increasingly concerned with how undergraduates can put their educations to good use as activist leaders on a mission to make the world a better place. I believe the study of history can and should give them a framework for understanding how change happens over time–how it begins with a consciousness of where we have been and where we can go. For the last decade I have worked with middle and high school teachers to gain a greater understanding of the challenges they face preparing kaleidoscopically diverse students for an uncertain economic future. I am confident the OAH will continue to address the challenges that face the K-12 and undergraduate students we teach as well as the graduate students we train.