SHA's Executive Council and Standing Committees

The Southern Historical Association is overseen by the Executive Council, which consists of  four officers (President, Vice President, Editor of the Journal, and Secretary-Treasurer),  two immediate past presidents, and nine elected members, each serving for three years.

The Association employs several standing committees charged with facilitating the annual program and ensuring efficiency and fair-practices both within the organization and within the wider profession of history.

  • The SHA's Program Committee oversees the process of putting together the panels, plenaries, and roundtables for the next annual conference. Current program committee chairs for New Orleans 2021 are Adrienne Petty and Gregory Downs.
  • The Local Arrangements Committee oversees fundraising for the annual meeting, hosts the opening reception, plans local events and tours, and coordinates with the program committee to secure local venues. 
  • The Membership Committee is charged with renewing old members and soliciting new ones. Current membership committee chair is Kelly Kennington.
  • The Committee on Minorities in the SHA is charged with helping to ensure the organization's commitment to inclusiveness and creating a diverse and welcoming environment at all association functions. The committee creates workshop panels on relevant issues in the profession for the annual meeting. The 2021 chair is Aston Gonzalez.
  • The Committee on Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the SHA is charged with helping to ensure the organization's commitment to inclusiveness and creating a diverse and welcoming environment at all association functions. The committee creates workshop panels on relevant issues in the profession for the annual meeting. The 2021 chair is Alisha Hines.