S-USIH Constitution and Bylaws


Publication: 2013-11-25


The Society for U.S. Intellectual History has primarily been known for its annual conference and its award-winning blog.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Society for U.S. Intellectual History


This Society is organized exclusively for educational purposes. The Society, as well as any individual or individuals acting in the capacity of its officer(s), appointee(s) or member(s), shall act always as to remain qualified as an educational association exempt from federal income tax, as specified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Revenue Law).


  • S-USIH MembersMembership in the Society shall be open to anyone who is interested in the intellectual history of the United States and who has paid the membership fee.

  • S-USIH OfficersThe officers of the Society shall be the President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Publications Committee Chair, and the most recently elected of the two Conference Committee Chairs. These officers shall together be the Executive Committee of the Society.

  • S-USIH PresidentThe President shall be the chief executive officer of the Society. The President shall have responsibility for allocating funds (writing an annual budget) subject to the approval of a majority of the Executive Committee; shall chair meetings of the Society; and shall serve as chair of the Executive Committee.

  • DANIEL WICKBERGPresident. Associate Professor of Historical Studies/History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of The Senses of Humor: Self and Laughter in Modern America (Cornell University Press), and his essays have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including American Historical Review, Critical Inquiry, Journal of American History, and Modern Intellectual History. His areas of interest include the history of ideas about self and society, historiography, and transatlantic modernity. His recent work has focused on the history of the idea of sympathy in modern thought.

  • S-USIH CommitteesThe president shall have the authority to create and staff both ad hoc and standing committees on any subject. The purpose and membership of these committees must be approved by a majority of the Executive Committee. To create a committee, the president must enter into the Executive Committee meeting minutes that committee's name and purpose, as well as the identities of its appointed members. The president may or may not designate, at his/her discretion, a chair of any committee. All committees are presumed to be ad hoc committees unless noted otherwise in the Executive Committee meeting minutes. Ad hoc committees terminate their existence upon the end of the current term of the president who appointed them. The president may, upon appointing an ad hoc committee, designate an earlier termination date. Standing committees, and the appointments of their members, may exist beyond the end of the current term of the president who appointed them. Standing committees are presumed to exist in perpetuity, unless noted otherwise in the Executive Committee meeting minutes. Upon founding a standing committee, the president must declare the duration of the terms of the various memberships on the committee.

  • S-USIH TreasurerThe Treasurer shall collect annual dues, prepare and maintain all necessary financial records, disburse all funds and payment obligations of the Society in accordance with the annual budget, and oversee all financial matters deemed necessary by the President to be necessary to the successful operation of the Society. The Treasurer shall also be responsible for ensuring that the Society is in compliance with all state and federal laws and policies relating to incorporation, taxation and other financial matters.

  • LISA SZEFELTreasurer. An associate professor of history at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, Szefel is the author of The Gospel of Beauty in the Progressive Era: Reforming American Verse and Values (Palgrave Macmillian, 2011) and is at work on a intellectual biography of Peter Viereck and his role in shaping modern conservatism. Her research interests center on the role of culture in the development of American values, movements for social change, and political life. Whether popular (soap operas), difficult (modernist poetry), or controversial (conservative intellectuals), my goal is to understand the underpinnings and impact of culture in modern U.S. history.

  • S-USIH SecretaryThe Secretary shall record all of the Society's transactions, including the minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee; maintain the Society's membership list and archival records; administer and tally elections (including cases in which the sitting secretary may be running for office); and perform other administrative functions deemed necessary by the President for the successful operation of the Society. The Executive Committee, by a majority vote, will act as the final arbiter of any and all disputed elections. The Secretary shall also be responsible for maintenance of the Society's web page.

  • RAYMOND HABERSKI, JR.Secretary. An associate professor of history at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana, Haberski is the author of four books, including most recently God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945 (Rutgers, 2012). For the 2008-2009 academic year, he was the Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the Center for the Study of the Americas (CSA) at the Copenhagen Business School. He is completing a book on Franciscan media for the Academy of American Franciscan History and has begun a project on Catholic thought from the end of the Second World War to the present.

  • S-USIH Conference Committee ChairThe Conference Committee Chair shall oversee the planning of the Society's annual conference and shall submit a conference plan to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may reject the proposal only upon a unanimous vote of all members except the Conference Chair. The Conference Committee Chair shall have the authority to appoint up to two other members in good standing to the Conference Committee.

  • ALLISON PERLMAN2013 Conference Chair. An assistant professor in the departments of history and film and media studies at the University of California-Irvine, Perlman is the co-editor of Flow TV: Television in the Age of Convergent Media (Routledge, 2010). Her research focuses on the relationship between media activism, broadcasting policy, and American social movements. Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, struggles over broadcasting policy have been critical parts of campaigns for social justice and political reform. As American social movements responded to an increasingly mass-mediated culture, they have tried to mold television to reflect their moral and political beliefs; activist communities have understood that their successes or failures would be tied to the narratives presented in, faces and voices appearing on, and values and perspectives circulating within the televisual public sphere. Of the many strategies deployed to effect change, which have included boycotting offending sponsors and negotiating directly with network executives, has been fights to alter broadcasting policy and law to assure that television could be a partner in the hoped for better future imagined by activist communities.

  • CARA BURNIDGECo-Chair 2014 Conference. Cara L. Burnidge is a historian of American religions and will receive her Ph.D. in Religion from Florida State University in August 2013. Interested generally in religion and politics, her research focuses on the relationship between religion and politics, especially U.S. foreign relations, in the early twentieth century. Her current research reconsiders the standard narrative of American Protestantism during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, challenging the conventional wisdom that liberal Protestants lost their optimistic and progressive reform impulses as a result of World War I.

  • MARK T. EDWARDSCo-Chair 2014 Conference. Mark Edwards teaches US history and politics at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He is the author of The Right of the Protestant Left: God's Totalitarianism as well as a regular blogger at Religion in American History and an occasional blogger at S-USIH.

  • S-USIH Publications Committee ChairThe Publications Committee Chair shall supervise all official Society publications including but not limited to: the blog, the newsletter, and the book reviews. The Publications Committee Chair shall have the authority to appoint up to two members in good standing to the Publications Committee in order to help in any aspect of performing that committee's responsibilities.

  • MICHELE ROSENChair of Publications. A doctoral student in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, she has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and History from Indiana University, an MA in journalism from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. Rosen is also managing editor of Translation Review, The Center for Translation Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas.

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