The Committee on Race in the American West aims to increase the presence and participation of scholars of color as well as the presence of scholarship on race within the WHA. It is our goal to make the WHA a welcoming environment for scholars of color at every level and an organization that embraces many different historical perspectives on the history of the American West.



Mary Mendoza (Chair), Penn State University

Karen Leong, Arizona State University

Katherine Benton-Cohen, Georgetown University

CRAW Advisors:

Kevin Leonard, Western Washington University

Ernest Chávez, University of Texas, El Paso

Erika Pérez, University of Arizona

Maria Montoya, NYU and NYU-Shanghai

Traci Voyles, University of Oklahoma

Jennifer Macias, University of Utah

Pablo Mitchell, Oberlin College

Lina-Maria Murillo, University of Texas, El Paso

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, UCLA

Danielle Olden, University of Utah

Cathleen Cahill, Penn State University

Kent Blansett, University of Kansas

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 

1445 Jayhawk Blvd.

3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045