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 current Executive Council includes:

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Officers

Steven Hahn, New York University, President

Glenda Gilmore, Yale University, Vice-President

Stephen Berry, University of Georgia, Secretary-Treasurer 

Randal L. Hall, Rice University, Journal Editor 

Past Presidents 

William Link, University of Florida (2020) 

Thavolia Glymph, Duke University (2021)

Elected Members

Emily Bingham, Independent Scholar (2021) 

Crystal Feimster, Yale University (2021) 

Daniel Usner, Vanderbilt University (2021) 

Charles Bolton, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2022) 

Maura Hametz, James Madison University* (2022) 

Cynthia Kierner, George Mason University (2022) 

Rose Thevenin, Florida Memorial University (2022) 

William Van Norman, James Madison University** (2022)

Malinda Lowery, Emory University (2023)

Charles McKinney, Rhodes College (2023)

Adam Rothman, Georgetown University (2023)

* European History Section representative

** Latin American and Caribbean Section representative

Other Standing Committees

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. Program committee chairs for Baltimore 2022 are Crystal Feimster and Steven Kantrowitz.
  • 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 Nominating Committee is charged with choosing our president-elect and three new members of the Executive Council. The current Nominating Committee chair is Manisha Sinha. The other members of the committee are Tera Hunter, Pippa Holloway, Malinda Lowery, and Edward Baptist.
  • 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.
  • The Graduate Student Council oversees SHA's Graduate Student Lunch and all aspects of our graduate membership. Members include: 1) John Mayer Crum, PhD Candidate at Rice University: His work examines processes of imperial expansion, state formation, and ecological change in the Tennessee Valley between the War of 1812 and the Civil War; 2) Tracy Barnett, PhD Candidate at the University of Georgia: Her dissertation analyzes the historic origins of America’s gun culture and its mutually constitutive relationship to white supremacist ideology; 3) Amanda McGee, PhD Candidate at the University of Arkansas: Her research explores the intersections of slavery, space, and the law in order to examine the territorial extent of gradual abolition in Pennsylvania; 4) Tim Galsworthy, PhD Candidate at the University of Sussex: He researches the relationship between Civil War memory and the Republican Party in the civil rights era. Tim is also the postgraduate secretary for @HOTCUS;  5) Cassy Jane Werking, PhD Candidate at the University of Kentucky: She studies 19th Century U.S. History/American Civil War. Her dissertation examines Confederates in Canada who planned raids across the border onto the Union home front.