Log in

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


Thanks to everyone who ran and everyone who took the time to vote. Please find the winners of this year's election below. The incumbent caucus representatives will be formally introduced at the upcoming conference in San Antonio.


  • The Chair is the voting member and primary contact for the WHA Council. The Chair is expected to attend the WHA Fall and Spring Council Meetings, and report on behalf of the WHAGSC.
  • Within the WHAGSC, the Chair organizes and prepares the agenda for WHAGSC meetings, facilitated through an appropriate teleconference platform or a similar medium.
  • The Chair is expected to attend the WHA Annual Conference, direct the WHAGSC Council Meeting, and offer opening remarks at the WHA Graduate Student Reception.
  • The Chair must have previously served on the WHAGSC Executive Board in an official capacity.

Brianna Tafolla Riviere

My name is Brianna and I am running for your GSC chair! If you have been to the WHA before you have probably seen me behind the registration desk as I have volunteered as staff for the last five years. In those five years the WHA has become my academic home and I am dedicated to making it a more welcoming and transparent place for my fellow graduate students. I have also served as the WHA GSC outreach coordinator for the last two years. 

A little more about me. I am a Chicana, first generation grad student, and PhD candidate at the University of California, Davis. My dissertation is on the Red Power movement and its connections to Hollywood in the 1960s and 1970s. While I am a temporary Californian, I am originally from Ponca, Pawnee, and Omaha lands known currently as Omaha, Nebraska. I got  my B.A. and M.A. at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where I originally found my love for American West History. 

As your GSC chair, I want to see you all grow as scholars and professionals. My main priority will be to make the WHA a place that is welcoming and productive for graduate students regardless of their academic or career goals. I am looking to create more learning opportunities outside of the conference like online workshops and panels on exams, dissertation writing, career diversity etc. I look forward to serving you all and making the WHA an even better space for us all. 


  • The Vice Chair coordinates work across each Executive Board role and maintains a record of WHAGSC meetings and activity.
  • The Vice Chair works in concert with the Chair to prepare meeting agendas and is responsible for coordinating, scheduling, and reminding Executive Board members for meetings.
  • The Vice Chair also records the minutes of each meeting and works with the Chair to disseminate this information.

Gwendolyn Lockman

Gwendolyn Lockman is a fifth year PhD candidate in History at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). She has been a WHA member since 2019, when she first served as graduate student conference staff. Gwen is a historian of labor, leisure, and landscape in the 19th- and 20th-century U.S. West. Her dissertation, “Greening a Copper City: Parks, Mining, and Community in Butte, Montana, 1876-2022,” analyzes the historic tensions between industrial resource extraction and urban development, governance, and citizenship. Gwen earned her MA in History from the UT Austin in 2020, and her BA in American Studies, with minors in History and Government, from Georgetown University in 2016. In 2022-2023, Gwen will be a Junior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.

Gwen is committed to diversity, equity, public history, and interdisciplinarity. Gwen is an affiliate of the UT Austin Center for Sports Communication and Media, and was previously a co-coordinator of the UT Gender Symposium, a co-chair of the History Graduate Student Council, and a Women’s and Gender Studies portfolio student. She worked for the Historic Preservation Office and Parks and Recreation Department in her hometown, Missoula, Montana, during Summer 2019 as a curation and interpretation intern at the Moon-Randolph Homestead historic site. Before graduate school, Gwen worked in the legal department for the Washington Nationals and volunteered as a k-8 English-Language Arts and life skills mentor at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The leadership positions she took on as an undergraduate included chapter officer for Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, Vice President of the Georgetown Pep Band, Volunteer Coordinator for the Georgetown Native American Student Council, and General Manager for the Georgetown Cabaret pop/rock/funk cover band.

I hope to serve as the 2022-2023 WHAGSC Vice Chair because my membership in the WHA has been one of the best places to make professional and collegial connections during my graduate school career, and I want to help foster similar experiences for others by working with WHAGSC leadership to create an inclusive, enthusiastic, and supportive organization across our field. The WHAGSC has done excellent work in recent years to promote membership diversity through tribal colleges and HBCUS, and to make the annual meeting more accessible through the online pre-conference. I am committed to continuing work on diversity and accessibility, and I will also push for meaningful spaces to discuss organizing, stipends/wages/compensation, problems with contingent employment, and the future of the field, which we, as graduate students, can turn into action within the WHA and at our home institutions. I also want to continue to improve the ways in which we break down barriers between MA and PhD track graduate students, as well as ongoing membership and participation for those scholars who leave academia but nonetheless continue to do meaningful work grounded in historical methods.


  • The Membership Coordinator will reach out to the members of the caucus with upcoming events and maintain a roster of student members of the WHAGSC.
  • The Membership Coordinator will serve as a direct liaison between the Executive Council and the membership to share events and news relevant to WHA Graduate Students.

Jessica Martinez

I am originally from San Diego, California. I received my BA in History from the University of California, Merced and then proceeded to receive my MA in History at California State University, Stanislaus. Currently, I am a third year PhD student in the Borderlands History Departments at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Here, I study 19th century Chicanas and Mexicanas and their influence on the US-Mexico borderlands. This past year I was the Communications Officer for the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Representative and Communications Officer. As a Representative, I was the liaison between the GSA and the History Department ensuring the department was informed of Graduate School opportunities while the GSA was aware of department concerns. Meanwhile, I held the Communications position where I created meeting flyers and posted them on social media. For these reasons, I would like to nominate myself as Membership and Outreach Coordinator.


  • The Fundraising Coordinator will raise funds for the WHAGSC, to be used for the WHAGSC sponsored workshops at the annual conference, the WHA Graduate Student Reception, and other events or opportunities.
  • The FC is in charge of generating a list of possible donors and contacting them throughout the year.

Taylor Bailey

Taylor Bailey is a doctoral candidate in the History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying environmental history, the history of science, and the history of the United States. His research centers on the relationship between conservation, sport hunting, and the science and practice of wildlife management in the twentieth-century. His dissertation project examines the history of efforts by federal and state managers to actively restore—rather than simply “protect”—populations of native game animals from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. Prior to attending MIT, Taylor received his M.A. in History from Portland State University, where he also served as the Caroline P. Stoel Editorial Fellow for the Pacific Historical Review.


  • The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator facilitates efforts to identify and improve conditions within the graduate student membership and WHA broadly to promote a more inclusive community of scholars.
  • The Coordinator will work closely with the Membership Coordinator and SMC to increasing membership, opportunities, and events that extend to all WHAGSC members across identities, communities, and abilities, while also acknowledging and challenging conditions of bias, harassment, and discrimination through equitable initiatives and outreach.

Rebecca Gonzalez

As a second-year student in the Master’s of History Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, I am a First and Second Year Nau Fellowship recipient and currently work as a Graduate Research Assistant at the UTSA Mexico Center. As a recipient of a UTSA Mini-Grant to implement an Applied History Project at UTSA, the team I work with will guide graduate students to help them learn about nonacademic career pathways, networking with professionals and learn how to apply their versatile skills in non-academic careers. As a former museum educator, I hope to return to public history field in education or curatorial work. 

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!