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

Shelia McManus, University of Lethbridge (2020)

Jeffrey Ostler, University of Oregon (2020)

Laurie Arnold, Gonzaga University (2021)

Erika Pérez, University of Arizona (2021)

Erika Bsumek, University of Texas, Austin (2022)

B. Erin Cole, Minnesota Historical Society (2022)

Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis (2022)

David Wrobel, University of Oklahoma (2022)

Maria Montoya, NYU and NYU-Shanghai (2023)

Elaine Marie Nelson, Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha


Non-Voting Members:

Donald L. Fixico, Arizona State University (2020)

Martha A. Sandweiss, Princeton University (2021)

Tiffany J. González, Texas A&M University (GSC, 2020)

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

WHA Executive Committee

David Wrobel

WHA President (2020)

University of Oklahoma


Maria E. Montoya

WHA President-Elect

New York University & NYU Shanghai


Elaine Marie Nelson

WHA Executive Director

University of Nebraska at Omaha

WHA Nominating Committee

Mary E. Mendoza

Penn State University (Chair, 2020)


Carolyn Brucken

Autry Museum of the American West (2020)


Brian DeLay

University of California, Berkeley (2020)


Andy Kirk

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2021)


Julian Lim

Arizona State University (2021)


Western History Association

UNO History Department

6001 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68182   (402) 554-5999

wha@westernhistory.org 



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.