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The WHA strives to be a congenial home for the study and teaching of all aspects of North American Wests, frontiers, homelands, and borderlands. Our mission is to cultivate the broadest appreciation of this diverse history.


The Western History Quarterly Search  

The Western History Association is seeking a new editor or editors and a new institutional home for its journal, the Western Historical Quarterly. The WHA invites expressions of interest in this opportunity from potential editors and from history departments or comparable academic units with a strong commitment to the field of Western history and the capacity to provide editorial leadership and institutional support for the WHQ. It is anticipated that the new editor(s) would be appointed for a renewable term of five years and that the new institutional home would agree to support the WHQ for a minimum of five years. The WHA is also conducting a separate search for a new publisher for the journal. The new editor(s) and institutional home would play a major role in selecting the new publisher from a short list prepared by the search committee.

These new arrangements represent great change for the WHQ after a long period of stable editorial leadership that oversaw all journal operations, including publishing, at a single institution. We are open to flexible and creative approaches to how the WHQ is edited and published, including multi-institutional collaborations. Potential publishers offer a variety of options for services they can provide. The search committee therefore strongly encourages potential editors and institutional homes to contact the co-chairs as soon as possible about their interest in WHQ so that the committee can assist in providing information about the journal and in helping them to craft formal proposals. The co-chairs of the search committee are: Susan Gray, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University (; and Jeffrey Ostler, Department of History, University of Oregon ( The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2015.

Graduate Student Spotlight

The Western History Association Graduate Student Spotlight page focuses on current research projects being written by student members of the WHA. The Graduate Student Spotlight also has a forum for members to respond with constructive and positive feedback.

Look for more Graduate Student Spotlights this fall.

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21 Oct 2015 • Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Portland, Oregon

Western History Blogs

Blogs allow for current, relevant topics to be discussed on Western History. The WHA hopes to encourage its members, and those interested in Western history, to engage in these public venues. If you would like to have a blog posted concerning Western history, email the WHA office here. The WHA is not responsible for any of the content associated with any of these blogs. 

Department of History

Western History Association

Department of History

605 Gruening

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK 99775-6460

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