Dear ASWAD Members,
My thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s ASWAD Vice Presidential Election. In an unprecedented turnout, we had over 240 ballots cast in this election.
I am pleased to announce that Erik McDuffie will be our next Vice President! I know that he will do an amazing job of working with our local arrangements chair, Robert Trent Vinson, and our Program Committee Chairs, Peggy Piesche and Yolanda Covington-Ward, to put on an amazing conference in Williamsburg in 2019.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both Elisa Joy White and Walter Rucker for their outstanding service to ASWAD. Elisa is completing her term as Vice President, and I’m very grateful for her amazing work on the 2017 conference. We are also lucky to have Walter continuing his service as Treasurer, and together with our Secretary, Rosanne Adderley, I believe ASWAD will continue to thrive in the coming years.
Congratulations again to Erik!
With all my warmest wishes,
Leslie M. Alexander, Ph.D.
Department of History
University of Oregon
President, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)
Executive Board Member, National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)