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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. 


Philip J. Deloria

Harvard University (2023)

Rachel St. John

University of California, Davis (2023)

Benny Andrés

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2024)

Rosalyn LaPier

University of Montana (2024)

Liza Black

Indiana University (2025)

Erik Loomis

University of Rhode Island (2025)

Lori Lahlum

Minnesota State University, Mankato (2025)

Elaine M. Nelson

University of Kansas (2025)

Brianna Tafolla Rivière

University of California, Davis (2024)

William Deverell

University of Southern California (2025)

Kelly Lytle Hernández

University of California, Los Angeles (2026)

Non-Voting Members:

Susan Lee Johnson

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

Maria E. Montoya

NYU and NYU-Shanghai (2023, Past President)

Anne M. Hyde

Western Historical Quarterly (ex officio)

Lynn Roper

Lincoln, Nebraska (WHA Treasurer)


Katrina Phillips, Chair

Macalester College (2023)

Miroslava Chávez-García
University of California-Santa Barbara (2023)

Rebecca Wingo

University of Cincinnati (2024)

Karl Jacoby

Columbia University (2024)

Maritza De La Trinidad

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (2024)


William Deverell

WHA President (2023)

University of Southern California

Kelly Lytle Hernández
WHA President-Elect
University of California, Los Angeles

Elaine M. Nelson

WHA Executive Director

University of Kansas


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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.

Policy on Sexual Harassment...

PEC Members:

Dee Garceau, Chair (

Ashley Riley Sousa (

Akim Reinhardt (

The WHA Council created the Professional Environment Committee in Fall 2021. The current committee (see members below) are currently working on ways to create a more efficient process for people to make reports or complaints. Please contact them if you have questions. 

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!