• PY_with_logo

    See the collection of talks by ACLS President Pauline Yu. 

  • 2018-board

    The ACLS Board of Directors at the 2018 annual meeting.  William Kirby, board chair, is at Pauline's right. See board and committees.

  • 2018-PY-ELewis

    Pauline in conversation with Earl Lewis, then president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  See the video series.

ACLS Board of Directors


James Grossman (ex officio)
Chair, Executive Committee of the Conference of Executive Officers

Executive Director
American Historical Association

James Grossman is executive director of the American Historical Association (AHA). He was previously vice president for research and education at the Newberry Library and taught at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Chicago. Author of Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration (1989) and A Chance to Make Good: African-Americans, 1900-1929 (1997), Grossman was project director and coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Chicago (2005; online, 2006) and coeditor of the series Historical Studies of Urban America (50 vols, 1992-2015). His articles and short essays have focused on African American history, urban history, ethnicity, higher education, and the place of history in public culture. His reviews have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Newsday in addition to various academic journals. Most recently, his opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Grossman’s consulting experience includes the BBC, Smithsonian, Museum of Modern Art, and various theater companies, filmmakers, museums, and libraries. He serves on the boards of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the National Humanities Alliance, and ACLS.