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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. 


Benny Andrés

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2024)

Rosalyn LaPier

University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne (2024)

Liza Black

Indiana University (2025)

Erik Loomis

University of Rhode Island (2025)

Lori Lahlum

Minnesota State University, Mankato (2025)

Matthew Basso

University of Utah (2026)

Omar Valerio-Jiménez

University of Texas at San Antonio (2026)

Brianna Tafolla Rivière

University of California, Davis (2024)

Elaine M. Nelson

University of Kansas (Executive Director, 2025)

Kelly Lytle Hernández

University of California, Los Angeles (President, 2026)

William Bauer

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (President-Elect, 2027)

Non-Voting Members:

William Deverell

University of Souther California (2025, Immediate Past President)

Susan Lee Johnson

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2024, Past President)

Anne M. Hyde

Western Historical Quarterly (ex officio)

Lynn Roper

Lincoln, Nebraska (WHA Treasurer)


Rebecca Wingo, Chair

University of Cincinnati (2024)

Karl Jacoby

Columbia University (2024)

Maritza De La Trinidad

Independent Historian (2024)

Tiffany Jasmin González

University of Kansas (2025)

Lindsey Passenger Wieck

St Mary's University (2025)


Kelly Lytle Hernández

WHA President
University of California, Los Angeles

William Bauer

WHA President-Elect

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Elaine M. Nelson

WHA Executive Director

University of Kansas


Are you and active member and have ideas for how to improve or enhance the WHA? We want to hear from you! WHA members are welcome to visit the Members Only site (link below) and submit a proposal there. Please note that you must be logged into your WHA account to access the proposal on the Members Only site. Feel free to contact the WHA office with your questions:


The WHA Council will designate a Professional Environment Committee (PEC), which will receive reports and complaints from anyone who participates in a WHA activity and who has experienced or witnessed violations of this policy. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, any member of the Executive Committee (WHA President, President-Elect, or Executive Director), or PEC member receiving complaints and providing advice will not carry out warning or enforcement measures against the accused person.

PEC Members:

Dee Garceau, Chair


Ashley Riley Sousa


Akim Reinhardt


Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860 

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas. The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!