Code of Conduct

In 2018 the WHA pledged to develop a Code of Conduct and plan for implementation. The below statement is an abbreviated version. The full version will be approved in fall 2019.

The Western History Association (WHA) works to maintain an environment that allows persons in the historical profession to flourish by encouraging respectful, inclusive, and equitable treatment of all who participate in WHA activities. As a statement of principle, the WHA rejects harassment, discrimination, and retaliation by any means based on sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment that impedes the advancement of historical knowledge by marginalizing individuals and communities. It also damages productivity and career growth and prevents the healthy exchange of ideas. We affirm that discrimination and harassment are unacceptable in any research or learning environment. The WHA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all. 


The Western History Association membership elects the primary governing body of the organization, which consists of the President, President-Elect, Executive Director, and seven regularly elected members to serve on the Council. Together, and with the assistance of the Nominating Committee and other committees, these elected officials oversee the broad interests of the association by managing business and creating policies that promote a congenial home for all those interested in the study of the North American West. 

To learn more about the rules governing the WHA and its affairs, read the organization's Constitution and ByLaws. More information about the WHA's various standing committees can be found here.

Executive Committee

 Martha A. Sandweiss, President
 Princeton University
 David Wrobel, President-Elect
 University of Oklahoma
 Elaine Nelson, Executive Director
 University of Nebraska at Omaha


Laurie Arnold (2021)
Gonzaga University
 Tiffany J. González, WHAGSC Liaison (2021)
 Texas A&M University
Erika Pérez (2021)
University of Arizona
Susan Johnson (2019)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jose Alamillo (2019) 
California State University, Channel Islands
Renée Laegreid (2019)
University of Wyoming
Stephen Aron (2019)
University of California, Los Angeles
Anne M. Hyde (ex-officio)
Western Historical Quarterly
John W. Heaton (2019)
University of Alaska Fairbanks
 Donald L. Fixico (2020)
 Arizona State University

Shelia McManus (2020)
University of Lethbridge

Jeffrey Ostler (2020)
University of Oregon

Nominating Committee

 Connie Chiang (2019)
Bowdoin College
Amy Lonetree (2019)
University of California, Santa Cruz
Brian DeLay (2020)
University of California, Berkeley
Mary E. Mendoza (2020)
 Penn State University
 Carolyn Brucken (2020)
Autry Museum of the American West

Western History Association

UNO History Department

6001 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68182   (402) 554-5999 

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 and UNO Department of History. The Western History Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.