Who We Are
The American Historical Association (AHA) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, and the dissemination of historical research.
As the largest historical society in the United States, the AHA serves as the umbrella organization for historians. In this role, it conducts an active scholarly and professional program for historians interested in every period and geographical area. Among its 15,000 members are faculty at secondary schools and two– and four–year colleges and universities, independent historians, and historians in museums, historical organizations, libraries and archives, government, and other areas.
The Pacific Coast Branch (PCB) was organized in 1903 to serve members of the American Historical Association living in the Western States of the United States and the Western Provinces of Canada. All members of the AHA living in those areas, therefore, are also members of the Branch. Dues of the parent and branch association are handled by the Executive Director of the AHA, 400 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.
Independent of the AHA itself, the Pacific Coast Branch maintains business offices at: Department of History, Western Washington University, MS9061, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225.
The Pacific Coast Branch also publishes the Pacific Historical Review (PHR), which carries all information on Branch affairs. Individual subscribers of the PHR are also voting members of the PCB. Subscriptions to the Review are made through the Journals Division, University of California Press, Oakland, CA 94612.
- President: Mary Elizabeth Berry, University of California, Berkeley
- President-elect: Andrew L. Johns, Brigham Young University
- Executive Director: Michael Green, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Managing Editor, Pacific Historical Review: Marc S. Rodriguez, Portland State University
- Ex-Officio: The President, President-Elect, Executive Director, and Managing Editor of the Pacific Historical Review
- Former President: Katherine G. Morrissey, University of Arizona
- Former President: George J. Sánchez, University of Southern California
- Former President: Anne F. Hyde, University of Oklahoma
- Matthew Garcia, Arizona State University (2018)
- Andy Kirk, University of Nevada Las Vegas (2018)
- Janet Ward, University of Oklahoma (2018)
- Chia Yin Hsu, Portland State University (2019)
- Beverly Lemire, University of Alberta (2019)
- Tara Travis, National Park Service (2019)
- Sara Dant, Weber State University (2020)
- Andrea Geiger, Simon Fraser University (2020)
- Natale A. Zappia, Whittier College (2020)
- Anita Casavantes Bradford, University of California, Irvine (2018)
- Cecilia Tsu, University of California, Davis (2018)
- Anna Booker, Whatcom Community College (2019)
- Stacey Smith, Oregon State University (2019)
- Tamara Venit-Shelton, Claremont McKenna College (2019)