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. 

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 various standing committees can be found here.

Executive Committee

 Stephen Aron, President
 University of California, Los Angeles
 Donald Fixico, President-Elect
 Arizona State University
 Elaine Nelson, Executive Director
 University of Nebraska at Omaha


Ernesto Chávez (2017)
University of Texas at El Paso
 Samuel Truett (2017)
 University of New Mexico
 Susan Johnson (2019)
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Cathleen Cahill (2018)
Pennsylvania State University
Jose Alamillo (2019) 
California State University, Channel Islands
Renée Laegreid (2019)
University of Wyoming
Elizabeth Jameson (2018)
University of Calgary
Anne M. Hyde (ex-officio)
Western Historical Quarterly
Louise Pubols (2018)
Oakland Museum of California
John Mack Faragher (2019)
Yale University
Jennifer Macias, WHAGSC Liaison
 University of Utah
John W. Heaton (2019)
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Nominating Committee

 Joshua L. Reid, Chair (2017)
University of Washington
Susan Gray (2017)
Arizona State University
Lori Lahlum (2018)
Minnesota State University, Mankato
 Leisl Carr Childers (2018)
 University of Northern Iowa
 George Diaz (2018)
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Sponsors and Partners

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.

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The Western History Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.