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Please join us at the 110th annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch, Seeing History: Traces and Representations of the Past, August 03rd through August 05th 2017, to be held on the campus of California State University, Northridge

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Invitation to Apply for the Position of PCB Executive Director

Position announcement:

The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (PCB–AHA) announces the search for its next Executive Director and institutional home for its executive office. The position will commence January 1st, 2018. This is an excellent opportunity for an established scholar with strong managerial and outreach skills who is dedicated to the advancement of the field of history.

About the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association:

The PCB–AHA was formed in 1903 to serve the needs of historians (faculty, public historians, independent scholars, and graduate students) residing in the western states of the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) and the western provinces of Canada. The official journal of the PCB–AHA is the Pacific Historical Review, published by the University of California Press and widely recognized for its award–winning scholarship. The PCB–AHA holds an annual meeting and confers a range of book and article prizes for scholars residing in the western region.

The Executive Director is responsible for the day–to–day running of the organization, including the planning and oversight of the annual meeting and program, administering prizes, overseeing the annual elections of officers, preparing annual reports for the AHA, website maintenance, and mailings to the membership.

Interested individuals should consult with their department heads and/or deans regarding course release time, administrative/GA support, and server space for the website that could be provided by the host institution. PCB–AHA will provide a stipend as compensation for time dedicated to the annual meeting in early August and to supplement the support from the institutional sponsor. Academic departments and centers/institutes at colleges and universities and other historical organizations, including museums and research centers located in the region served by the PCB–AHA, are also encouraged to identify faculty/curators with the necessary skills and energy to head this dynamic organization. Preference will be given to candidates who are tenured and who have been involved with the PCB–AHA.

Specific responsibilities of the PCB–AHA Executive Director:
  • Planning and oversight of the annual meeting;
  • Coordinating and communicating with the AHA;
  • Oversight of the program of the annual meeting;
  • Coordinating fundraising for the organization;
  • Oversight and monitoring of the prize committees and nominating committee;
  • Hosting and updating the PCB website;
  • Working effectively with the PCB President, Council, and PCB committees: the local arrangements committee and program committee appointed for each annual meeting, the standing finance committee (to oversee investments, maintain bank records, prepare taxes with the accountant, solicit patron support, and write the annual financial report), and the nominating and prize committees.
Application materials and deadline:

Applications for the PCB–AHA Executive Directorship should consist of the following materials:

  • Cover letter outlining the individual’s qualifications and administrative experience;
  • Full curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a department chair or dean outlining the nature of the support that the host institution will provide.

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 1st, 2017. Please submit applications via email to Katherine Morrissey, Associate Professor of History and President, PCB–AHA, University of Arizona (kmorriss@u.arizona.edu); and to Janet Ward, Professor of History and Chair, PCB–AHA Executive Director Search Committee, University of Oklahoma (janet.ward@ou.edu).

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact members of the search committee with any questions:

We anticipate that interviews will be conducted at the annual meeting of the PCB–AHA at California State University, Northridge (August 3rd–5th, 2017). The PCB–AHA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


View the “Invitation to Apply for the Position of Executive Director” announcement on H–Net and the AHA career center:

Please join us at the 110th annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, to be held on the campus of California State University, Northridge.

All participants and attendees are required to register for the conference.

Online (regular) registration for the annual meeting will be open from April 15 to July 15, 2017. The cut–off date of July 15, 2017, will not be extended.

Registration Start Date End Date
Online (Regular) April 15 July 15
**Late (In–Person) August 03 August 05

**Late (In–Person) registration will cost $20 more than online registration.

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Seeing History: Traces and Representations of the Past

The Program Committee for the 2017 Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (PCB–AHA) 110th annual meeting invites proposals for panels, papers, roundtables, and workshops that relate to the general theme, “Seeing History: Traces and Representations of the Past.”

We welcome proposals that grapple with ways of seeing, representing and envisioning the past through texts, images, films, culture, landscape, and memory. Possible themes include, but by no means are limited to: individual and group self–representations; the making of cultural identities; the role of arts in cultural production (particularly in public history contexts); the creation of landscapes and spaces; community–making; the optics of digital humanities; comparative and transnational approaches; visual literacies; and the development of diverse aesthetics across periods and places. This year’s meeting also offers opportunities to mark and consider 20th–century anniversaries.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017.

Annual Call for Papers

The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association congratulates the following PCB–AHA prize and award winners for 2016.

Pacific Historical Review Awards

The Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award (most deserving contribution to the Pacific Historical Review, selected by the Board of Editors of the Review):

James D. Drake, “A Divide to Heal the Union: The Creation of the Continental Divide,” Pacific Historical Review (November 2015, vol. 84, no. 4).

The W. Turrentine Jackson Prize (graduate student whose essay has been adjudged by the Editors of the Pacific Historical Review to be of outstanding quality):

Lawrence H. Kessler, “A Plantation upon a Hill: Or, Sugar without Rum: Hawai‘i’s Missionaries and the Founding of the Sugarcane Plantation System,” Pacific Historical Review (May 2015, vol. 84, no. 2).

Pacific Coast Branch Awards

The W. Turrentine Jackson Award (author of a dissertation judged to be the most outstanding on any aspect of the history of the American West in the twentieth century):

Mary Elizabeth Mendoza, “Unnatural Border: Race and Environment at the U.S.–Mexico Divide” (University of California, Davis, 2015).

The Norris and Carol Hundley Award (best book published in history during a calendar year by a scholar living in the region served by the Branch):

Lorraine K. Bannai, Seattle University School of Law, Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice (University of Washington Press, 2015).

Honorable Mention:

Keith David Watenpaugh, University of California, Davis, Bread From Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism (University of California Press, 2015).

The Pacific Coast Branch Award (best book submitted by a scholar who resides in the states and provinces from which the Branch draws its membership, offered only for first books, and usually to younger scholars):

Andrew R. Highsmith, Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan, and the Fate of the American Metropolis (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Our Annual Prizes & Awards

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