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The WHA's draft of the 2023 Conference "Program of Sessions" is now available! Use the link below to preview the sessions. Please review these materials and contact the WHA staff if you have any changes, updates, or questions. This document does not include scheduled dates, times, or locations of sessions. We look forward to seeing you in October!

The current draft of the Program of Sessions is available through the link above. Click to review the searchable word document and check your panel for accuracy!



  • David Rouff (Co-chair), University of California, Merced
  • Stacey Smith (Co-chair), Oregon State University
  • Lauren Araiza, Denison University
  • Verenize Arceo, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Aaron Bae, Arizona State University
  • William Bauer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Alice Baumgartner, University of Southern California
  • Verónica Castillo-Muñoz, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Sarah Keyes, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Jessica Kim, California State University, Northridge
  • Sarah Lee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Elizabeth Logan, University of Southern California
  • Mark Padoongpatt, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Alaina E. Roberts, University of Pittsburgh


Dear Colleagues,

I want to thank you for submitting your work or otherwise committing to be part of our annual Western History Association meeting in October in downtown Los Angeles. All of us who are working to make this meeting a great success realize, at the end of the day, that it is the strength and vitality of the program that makes all the difference. I know I speak for the entire organization in saying just how excited we are to welcome everyone to Los Angeles.

As you may know, we haven’t met in L.A. for decades. All the more reason why I – and so many others – are so looking forward to our time together across October 25th to the 28th.


On the one hand, this message is designed to encourage you all to follow through on your program commitment, lest the organization take any fiscal hits for tech fees or hotel attrition. But what’s even more important is to note that your participation, in whatever form, adds to the vitality of our organization and our shared community. Each and every participant makes an impact on the organization and our collective commitment to furthering knowledge about the history and culture of the American West.


I look forward to welcoming you and your ideas to the City of Angels.


With all best wishes,

Bill Deverell

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University of Kansas | History Department

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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!