Midwestern History Association

Midwestern History Association

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The Midwestern History Association was formed to advocate for greater attention to Midwestern history among professional historians, rebuild the infrastructure necessary for the study of the American Midwest, and offer prizes to scholars who excel in the study of the Midwest. Membership in the association provides individuals the opportunity to network with like-minded scholars and to stay informed with news about upcoming conferences' calls for papers and panel proposals. A subscription to the association's official journal, Middle West Review, is available as part of a membership bundle.
  • Memberships run from January 1 to December 31. If there is any question about which membership year you are ordering, contact UNP Journals Customer Service.
  • Electronic subscriptions run 365 days from the date of order, independent of the membership year.
  • Print subscriptions correspond to the membership year.
  • Lifetime memberships include an ongoing subscription to the print version of Middle West Review.

Society Benefits


2021 Conference Goes Virtual
The seventh annual Midwestern History Conference is scheduled for May 26-27, 2021. This will be a Zoom webinar with the theme "The Midwest at the Intersection of Past and Present." Paper proposals are due by February 28, 2021. Additional details are available at 2021 Conference — Midwestern History Association.


Society Officers

The Midwestern History Association is lead by scholars and activists from around the United States. 


President - Ted Frantz, University of Indianapolis

Vice President and President-Elect - Sara Egge, Centre College

Secretary - Megan Birk, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

Treasurer - Patrick Popisek, Grand Valley State University 

Social Media Director - Kelly Wenig, Iowa State University

Communications Director - Maria Howe, Iowa State University

Board of Directors

Michael Allen, University of Washington-Tacoma

John Hudson, Northwestern University

Zachary Michael Jack, North Central College

Richard Jensen, Montana State University-Billings

James Madison, Indiana University

Kristin Mapel Bloomberg, Hamline Universty

Jon Lauck, Past-President, Midwestern History Association

Paula Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

David Pichaske, Southwest Minnesota State University

Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Iowa State University

Sylvia Rodrigue, Southern Illinois University Press

Greg Schneider, Emporia State University

Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

Affiliated Journals

The Middle West Review is an interdisciplinary journal about the American Midwest and the only publication dedicated exclusively to the study of the Midwest as a region. It provides a forum for scholars and non-scholars alike to explore the contested meanings of midwestern identity, history, geography, society, culture, and politics. What states belong within the Midwest? Is the Midwest inherently rural? Are Chicago and Pacific Junction, Iowa, part of the same region? If so, what links them? What traditions or features define the Midwest? Does the Midwest have a particular economic identity? Is the Midwest “queer”? How does the Midwest’s racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity square with its popular perception as a homogenous space? Is the Midwest “distinctive”? If so, why do Americans often conceive of it as a “normative” site, one divorced from the historical intrigue and conflict of the South and the West? The Middle West Review seeks to examine these and other questions and, in turn, help revitalize the study of the American Midwest.