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President | Max Krochmal, University of New Orleans

Max Krochmal is Professor of U.S. History and the Czech Republic Endowed Professor and Director of Justice Studies at the University of New Orleans. He is the award-winning author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era (University of North Carolina Press) and co-editor of Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Histories of Resistance and Struggle in Texas (University of Texas Press) and Latinx Studies Curriculum in K-12 Schools: A Practical Guide (TCU Press, Dec. 2022). His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, and a Fulbright-GarcĂ­a Robles Fellowship. AOAH Distinguished Lecturer, Krochmal was previously a history professor and the founding Chair of the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and at Texas Christian University. He is a native of Reno, Nevada, and majored in Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, before earning graduate degrees in History at Duke University.


Past President | Bryant Simon, Temple University

Bryant Simon is professor of history at Temple University. He is the author most recently of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America (2004), and Everything But the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks (2009). His research and scholarship has earned awards and honors from the Fulbright Commission, Humboldt Foundation, Urban History Association, Organization of American Historians, and the Smithsonian Institution. His work and popular commentary have been featured in the New Yorker, Washington Post, New Republic, and numerous other outlets. Over last five years, Simon has lectured around the world and taught at the National University of Singapore, University of Tubingen, and University of Erfurt, and has served    as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Simon’s current work focuses on food and society.



Past President (Elections Chair) | Robert Korstad, Duke University

Robert Korstad is Professor of Public Policy and History at Duke University. His research interests include twentieth century U.S. history, labor history, African American history, and contemporary social policy. Korstad’s publications include: To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America (with James L. Leloudis), Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South, Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Talk About Life in the Segregated South (coeditor), and Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (coauthor).


Secretary | Jessica Wilkerson, West Virginia University

Jessie Wilkerson is an associate professor and the Joyce and Stuart Robbins chair in History at West Virginia University. Born and raised in East Tennessee, she earned her MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College and PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her first book, To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice (University of Illinois Press, 2019), traces the alliances forged and the grassroots movements led by women in the Appalachian South in the 1960s and 1970s. The project, based on her dissertation, received the OAH Lerner-Scott Prize and the Labor and Working-Class History’s Herbert Gutman Prize. She is currently at work on two public history projects, one on LGBTQ history in Mississippi and the other documenting African American history in Yalobusha County in the hill country of Mississippi. She is a founding member of the United Campus Workers of Mississippi.


Treasurer | Matthew Hild, University of West Georgia

Matthew Hild earned his Ph.D. in the History, Technology, and Society program at Georgia Tech, where he is currently a lecturer.  He also teaches at the University of West Georgia. His books include Greenbackers, Knights of Labor, and Populists: Farmer-Labor Insurgency in the Late-Nineteenth-Century South (University of Georgia Press), Arkansas's Gilded Age: The Rise, Decline, and Legacy of Populism and Working-Class Protest (University of Missouri Press), and, as co-editor with Keri Leigh Merritt, Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power (University Press of Florida).




Graduate Representative (acting) | Justin Jolly, Texas Christian University

Justin Jolly is a Ph.D. Candidate at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. His research examines the labor movement, and the conservative response to that movement, in Texas between 1933 and 1955, as well as Texas’s impact on national politics during this crucial period. He received his BA and MA from the University of Texas in Arlington where his studies focused on trans-Atlantic history.







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