October 17-20, 2018: San Antonio, Texas

View details about the 2018 WHA Conference in San Antonio here! Below is the 2018 Call for Papers, the 2018 Program Committee and Co-Chairs, and the 2018 Local Arrangements Committee and Co-Chairs. More on the conference, including information on advertising, sponsoring, exhibiting, tours, registration, and travel accommodations is forthcoming in early 2018. Register for the conference today!

2018 Conference President: Donald L. Fixico


Born and raised in Oklahoma, I am Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Mvskoke Creek and Seminole.  I started at Bacone Jr. College, then transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where I earned a BA, MA and a Ph.D. in History.  I am a first generation college graduate and the first high school graduate in my family.  Presently, I am a Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, Distinguished Scholar of Sustainability in the Wrigley School of Sustainability, and Affiliate Faculty in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University.  My Mvskoke grandmother disliked laziness and she instilled a hard work ethic in me.  A love for research and writing has led to faculty positions at four universities and visiting professorships at seven universities (including University of Nottingham in England and the Frei University in Berlin, Germany).  I learned a lot from postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and The Newberry Library in Chicago.  Good fortune has allowed me to work with more than two dozen masters and doctoral students.  Over the years, I have worked on 20 historical documentaries, and I am the author and editor of fifteen books.  The most recent ones are Thats What They Used To Say”:  Reflections on American Indian Oral Traditions (2017), and an edited volume, Indian Treaties in the United States (2018).  In 2000, President Clinton appointed me to the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities.  I have been a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians since 2002.  In 2010, I received a National Museum of the American Indian Award of Achievement in History and Education.  I have lectured throughout the U.S. and in Canada, China, Japan, Germany, England, Finland, Peru, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands.  When I changed from a chemical engineer major to history as an undergraduate, I wanted a better understanding of Indians, our histories and cultures.  I learned to build bridges of understanding and as one of the few Indian doctoral students in History during the late 1970s, I found the Western History Association welcoming and many western historians encouraged me.  Since then I have dedicated my career to advance the understanding of American Indians, all people of color, and the West that I am a part of.  The Western History Association is an organization where you can just be yourself.  The WHA is like a family to me and my best friends are western historians.

2018 Program Committee

WHA 2018 Program Committee Co-Chairs

Kent Blansett, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Farina King, Northeastern State University


WHA 2018 Program Committee

 Erika M. Bsumek, University of Texas-Austin
 Quin'Nita Cobbins, University of Washington 
 B. Erin Cole, Minnesota Historical Society
 Sandra Enríquez, University of Missouri-Kansas City
 Jason Heppler, University of Nebraska at Omaha
 Robert (Bob) F. Jefferson, Jr., University of New Mexico
 Laura K. Muñoz, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 Keith Carlson, University of Saskatchewan 
 Joshua Reid, University of Washington
 Brent Rogers, Joseph Smith Papers
 Gregory E. Smoak, University of Utah
 Brianna Theobald, University of Rochester
 Lindsey Passenger Wieck, St. Mary's University-San Antonio


2018 Local Arrangements Committee

WHA 2018 Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs

Brian S Collier, University of Notre Dame

Billy Kiser, Texas A&M University-San Antonio


WHA 2018 Local Arrangements Committee

 Angelica Docog, Institute of Texan Cultures, University of Texas at San Antonio 
 Michael Duchemin, Briscoe Western Art Museum
 Francis Galan, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
 Gilberto Hinojosa, University of the Incarnate Word
 Todd Kerstetter, Texas Christian University
 Amy Porter, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
 Omar Valerio-Jimenez, University of Texas at San Antonio
 Teresa Van Hoy, St. Mary's University-San Antonio
 Edward Westermann, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
 Richard Bruce Winders, The Alamo


Sponsors and Partners


The WHA is hosted on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and benefits from the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences.


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