The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (AHA) was formed as a branch of the AHA in 1903 and currently has a membership of nearly 3,000. It is composed of all members of the Association living in the western states and provinces of the United States and Canada.
A professional organization of teachers, professors, researchers, librarians, writers, public historians, and publishers, the Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA holds an annual convention, usually selecting an area of historical or recreational interest for the conference location. The AHA promotes the study of history by encouraging and facilitating research and professional activities. It also publishes The American Historical Review.
The Pacific Coast Branch awards prizes for scholarly books and articles, including the W. Turrentine Jackson Award, given to the author of the most outstanding dissertation on any aspect of the history of the American West in the twentieth century.
For over eighty years, the Pacific Historical Review has accurately and adeptly covered the rich history of the Pacific Rim, including U.S. expansion to the Pacific and beyond, cross-cultural and comparative studies, race and ethnicity, history of empire and imperialism, environmental history, and historiography. The journal seeks to foster dialogue between scholars of disparate—yet intricately related—fields of history by offering a common medium of publication.
In addition, we are open to working with scholars of any field involving the history of the Pacific Rim, and we encourage inquiries or submissions from all who believe that the Pacific Historical Review would be a proper venue for their scholarship.
Recent articles include:
-"Japanese Immigrant Settler Colonialism in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands and the U.S. Racial-Imperialist Politics of the Hemispheric ‘Yellow Peril,’" by Eiichiro Azuma
-"The Chinle Dog Shoots: Federal Governance and Grass-roots Politics in Postwar Navajo Country," by Khalil Anthony Johnson, Jr.
-"Between Sorrow and Pride: The Morenci Nine, the Vietnam War, and Memory in Small-Town America," by Kyle Longley
-"Indirect Agents of Empire: Army Officers’ Wives in British India and the American West, 1830-1875," by Verity G. McInnis
-"Anti-prostitution Campaigns in Japan and the American West, 1890-1920," by Kazuhiro Oharazeki
-"‘Lord of a Hawaiian Island’: Robert and John Gregg Allerton, Queerness, and the Erasure of Colonization in Kaua’i," by Nicholas L. Syrett
-"A Very Long Early Modern?: Asia and Its Oceans, 1000-1850," by John E. Wills, Jr.
Recent special issues include:
-"Chicano/a History: Looking Forward after Forty Years," Vol. 82, No. 4.
-"Conversations on Transpacific History," Vol. 83, No. 2
Every issue of the Pacific Historical Review features an extensive section devoted to book reviews plus frequent review essays. The Pacific Historical Review also includes notes and documents, historiographies, and forums on a broad range of topics.