Log in

We appreciate your patience while we work to update our website.



October 25-28, 2023

Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles

The 2023 WHA Conference will be hosted at the Westin Bonaventure in the heart of downtown Los Angeles! Visit the conference website for more details and stay tuned for more information. Registration opens July 1!


The Western History Association strives to be a congenial home for the study and teaching of all aspects of North American Wests, frontiers, homelands, and borderlands. Our mission is to cultivate the broadest appreciation of this diverse history. To accomplish this mission we: 

Enable collaborations among peoples, institutions, and organizations devoted to the study of western history. 

Conduct an annual conference at which western history teachers, scholars, and professionals share their research and exchange ideas that facilitate further study of the North American West. 

Publish an award-winning journal that employs rigorous peer reviews to identify, improve, and distribute original western history scholarship.

Promote public education on western history through active involvement with teachers, museums, non profit organizations, libraries, and other venues.


The North American West has been both home to many different groups with divergent belief systems and cultural practices, and a place in which people often experience shifting identities. The Western History Association strives to reflect the richness of our regions. We seek to be an association of historians of diverse backgrounds who thrive in the spirit of mutual respect and engaged curiosity.


The Western History Association works to maintain an environment that allows persons in the historical profession to flourish by encouraging respectful, inclusive, and equitable treatment of all who participate in WHA activities.  As a statement of principle, the WHA rejects harassment, discrimination, and retaliation by any means, based on sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.  Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment that impedes the advancement of historical knowledge by marginalizing individuals and communities.  It also damages productivity and career growth, and prevents the healthy exchange of ideas.  We affirm that discrimination and harassment are unacceptable in any research or learning environment.  The WHA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all. 

The policy pertains to all WHA activities, including events associated with WHA conferences and any WHA-related business occurring throughout the year.  It encompasses interactions in person, by telephone, and by electronic communication.  The policy applies to all members and participants of the WHA conference program.

Our members have also formed the Committee on Assault Response and Educational Strategies (CARES). 

Learn about CARES

FORTHCOMING: In spring 2023 the WHA started drafting a Code of Conduct to encompass the scope of the association's expectations for all forms of professional behavior.

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860 

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas. The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!