Executive Council Candidate Biographies

Candidates for Open Executive Committee Positions, 2017

Voting will be conducted at the annual conference, Saturday, April 1, 2017. To register for the conference, see 2017 conference information here: http://www.ohioacademyofhistory.org/conferences/

Vice President
Steven Conn
Miami University

After teaching in the history department at Ohio State for 20 years, Steven Conn became the W. E. Smith Professor of History at Miami University in Fall 2015. He teaches Modern American history, intellectual history, urban history among other things. He is the author of five books and the editor of two others. He contributes regularly to newspapers around the country and is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. He is also the founding editor of “Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective,” an on-line magazine published jointly by OSU and Miami.

Kevin F. Kern
University of Akron

Kevin Kern is an Associate Professor of History at The University of Akron. He specializes in the history of the social sciences and Ohio History, and is co-author of Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State. He has been attending Ohio Academy of History meetings for more than 20 years, and has served as Secretary-Treasurer since 2008.
Public University Representative
Chelsea Griffis
University of Toledo

Chelsea Griffis is a Lecturer in History at the University of Toledo.  She focuses on modern American women’s history and the history of the post-1945 US.  Her previous publications include “Slowly Breaking Away:  The Toledo Woman’s Suffrage Association and Shifting Ideologies of Womanhood in the Early Twentieth-Century,” in Women Who Belong:  Claiming a Female’s Right-Filled Place, edited by Marsha Robinson in 2013, and a forthcoming publication titled “’In the Beginning Was the Word:’  Evangelical Christian Women, the Equal Rights Amendment, and Competing Definitions of Womanhood,” accepted for publication in Frontiers:  A Journal of Women’s Studies.  She is currently working on a manuscript that analyzes various conservative and rightist women and women’s groups in their support or opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment.  Griffis has presented her research at the Organization of American Historians, the Ohio Valley History Conference, the Midwest Popular Culture Association, and, of course, the Ohio Academy of History.  Last year she served on the Program Committee for the 2016 conference at Kent State Stark.

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