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The Membership Committee's central function is to develop (i.e. increase) the number of members in the organization and to retain existing members throughout their professional careers, in order to foster the aims of this robust and dynamic organization. Recent approaches to membership development have focused on highlighting the accessibility of the organization, including the recommendation to change the CFP deadline from 14 months to 11 months in order to allow the energy of the October conference to manifest as proposals for the following year and to allow scholars might not have time to create a session during the summer ample time to do so in the fall. Creation of a graduate student award, designed to empower graduate students to lead/mentor other graduate students in the organization, also grew out of the committee’s mission to develop and retain members in the organization.


  • Chair: Ryan Booth, Washington State University
  • Nicole Batten, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Joan Boudreau, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
  • Mark Johnson, University of Notre Dame
  • Lora Key, Arizona State University
  • Benjamin Kiser, Jefferson County (CO) Public Schools
  • Janne Lahti, University of Helsinki
  • Leighton Quarles, US Forest Service
  • Chelsea Ball, Central Oklahoma University
  • Matt Villeneuve, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860 

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!