The membership of the American Historical Association has elected seven Chicago alumni to leadership positions. This continues a long tradition of service to the profession by faculty members and alumni. Founded in 1884, the AHA is the largest professional organization for historians. It is a trusted voice for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life.
Suzanne L. Marchand, PhD'92, LSU Systems Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University—vice president of the Council for the Professional Division, which promotes integrity, fairness, and civility in the practice of history (2020 term); Finance Committee member.
A J Aiséirithe, PhD'07, and Sarah Jones Weicksel, PhD'17—members of the Local Arrangements Committee
Kathleen Brosnan, PhD'99, Paul and Doris Eaton Travis Chair of Modern American History, University of Oklahoma—member of the Nominating Committee (2021 term).
Antoinette M. Burton, PhD'90, Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and professor of history, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana—member of the Committee on Committees, which nominates individuals to vacancies on all regular committees (2020 term).
Monica L. Mercado, PhD'14, assistant professor, Colgate University—member, Committee on Gender Equity
Kaya Şahin, PhD'07, associate professor of history, Indiana University-Bloomington—member of the Committee on Committees (2020 term).
Since the 1970s, nine Chicago alumni or faculty have served as president of the AHA.
R. R. Palmer, PhB'31 (1970)
John Hope Frankin (1979)
William H. McNeill, AB'38, AM'39 (1985)
Akira Iriye (1988)
Thomas C. Holt (1994)
John H. Coatsworth (1995)
Anthony Grafton, AB'71, AM'72, PhD'75 (2011)
Kenneth Pomeranz (2013)
Jan E. Goldstein (2014)
By Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens[at]uchicago[.]edu