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For Immediate Release
Maryland Professor Barbara Weinstein Named 2007 President of the American Historical Association
Prof. Weinstein is a distinguished and internationally known historian of 20th century Latin America. She will serve as president-elect this year and admits she is both "excited and nervous" about taking over the reins next January from Iowa Professor Linda Kerber. Weinstein is the seventh woman to become president of the AHA in its 120-year history.
With a Ph.D. from Yale, Prof. Weinstein taught at Vanderbilt University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook before coming to the University of Maryland. Gerstle says, "Her arrival on campus in 2000, along with Professor Mary Kay Vaughan, catapulted the Latin American history program into a ranking of eleventh best in the United States. Today, the Latin American contingent of faculty and graduate students is among the most talented and vigorous in the department. Weinstein's election to the presidency will raise the profile of that program--and indeed of the entire department--to even greater heights."
She has won numerous awards, and is the author of two books, with a third on its way that looks at questions of race, gender, and nation in 20th century Brazil.
In addition to her research and teaching, Professor Weinstein is director of the Center for Historical Studies in the Department of History, co-editor of the Radical Perspectives series for Duke University Press, and senior editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review, the leading scholarly journal in her field.
During a Newsdesk interview, Prof. Weinstein said she sees the AHA "becoming more and more involved in public discussions of the role of history in education at every level, as well as being an advocate for both the preservation and accessibility of government documents."
As for her own presidency, Weinstein wants to "pursue an agenda that includes ensuring that, scholars in 'underrepresented' fields (such as Africa, Asia, and my own field, Latin America) both feel welcome, and that they have a stake in the continuing vitality of the AHA as an organization."
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