WHA Governance

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. 


WHA Constitution and Bylaws

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 standing committees is available here.

WHA Council

B. Erin Cole, Minnesota Historical Society (2022)
Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis (2022)
Erika Bsumek, University of Texas, Austin (2022)

Philip J. Deloria, Harvard University (2023)

Rachel St. John, University of California, Davis (2023)

Susan Lee Johnson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2024)

Benny Andrés, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2024)

Rosalyn LaPier, University of Montana (2024)

Elaine Marie Nelson, University of Kansas


Non-Voting Members:

David Wrobel, University of Oklahoma (2022)

Maria Montoya, NYU and NYU-Shanghai (2023)

Jenni Tifft-Ochoa, University of California, Davis (GSC Liaison, 2020-Present)

Anne M. Hyde, Western Historical Quarterly (ex officio)

WHA Executive Committee


Susan Lee Johnson

WHA President (2022)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

William Deverell
WHA President-Elect
University of Southern California


Elaine Marie Nelson

WHA Executive Director

University of Kansas

WHA Nominating Committee

Joshua Garrett-Davis (Chair)

Autry Museum of the American West (2022)


Rosina Lozano

Princeton University (2022)


Katrina Jagodinsky

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2022)


Katrina Phillips
Macalester College (2023)


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

Proposals to the WHA Council

Do you have ideas to improve or enhance the WHA? We want to hear from you! WHA members who are in current standing can make proposals to the WHA by filling out the document on this membership page (you must be loggged into MyWHA to access the page). Please contact the WHA office with your questions: wha@westernhistory.org

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!


Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

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Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860

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