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Officers and Board Members

Executive Officers (2020-2021)

David Hostetter

President: David Hostetter
Kennett Square, PA

David Hostetter is an author, historian, and educator. He is author of Movement Matters: American Antiapartheid Activism and the Rise of Multicultural Politics, co-editor of Congress Investigates: A Documented History, and has published academic articles, newspaper commentaries and encyclopedia entries. David earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park and has taught at Prince George’s Community College, Goshen College, College of Southern Maryland, and Shepherd University.  He has been active in the Peace History Society for over twenty-five years serving as treasurer, board member and conference program co-chair. David represented PHS on the program committee of the 2017 Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today conference.


Vice-President: Ian Fletcher
Georgia State University

Ian Christopher Fletcher is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University. He teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in modern world history and researches and writes about social movements, contentious politics, imperial tensions, and global turbulence across the “long” twentieth century, especially the Edwardian era and the long global Sixties. His previous contributions to the work of the PHS include serving on the Executive Board in 2013-16.

Gail M. Presbey

Secretary: Gail M. Presbey
University of Detroit Mercy

Gail M. Presbey is Professor of Philosophy at University of Detroit Mercy. Her areas of expertise are philosophy of nonviolence and African philosophy, with current studies and research on Africa, Latin America, Mohandas Gandhi’s movement, feminism, and Pan-Africanism. She engages in interdisciplinary work (research and teaching) that involves philosophy, world history, and political theory. Her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy are from Fordham University. She has completed a graduate certificate program in World History at Wayne State University. She is Director of the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archives in the History Department at Detroit Mercy (2002-present). She has engaged in research in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, and India, having received a two-year J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar grant (Kenya) as well as subsequent Fulbright grants (India and Brazil). She has four edited books and over fifty articles and book chapters published, as well as republications and translations in German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese. She has been Executive Director and Board members of several academic societies. She joined the Board of the Peace History Society in 2017, and now holds the position of Secretary. Her home page can be seen at

Christy Snider

Treasurer: Christy Snider
Berry College

Christy J. Snider is an associate professor of history at Berry College where she teaches U.S. diplomacy, U.S. Women's History, and recent U.S. history. She obtained her Ph.D. in history from Purdue University and is a former president of the Peace History Society. Her research focuses on U.S. women's involvement in international relations during the interwar period.

PHS Board

Carl Bouchard, Université de Montréal
Deborah Buffton, University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse
Kevin Callahan, University of Saint Joseph
Leilah Danielson, Northern Arizona University
Toshihiro Higuchi, Georgetown University
Kathleen Kennedy, Missouri State University
Marian Mollin, Virginia Tech
Christian Philip Peterson, Ferris State University
Shelley Rose, Cleveland State University
Robert Shaffer, Shippensburg University
Mona Siegel, Sacramento State University
R.L. Updegrove, Duluth East High School, Minnesota
Andy Wilson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ex-officio members:
Michael Clinton, Gwynedd Mercy University (past President)
Heather Fryer, Creighton University (Peace & Change Editor)
Julia Eichenberg, President, German Association for Historical Peace and Conflict Research
Marc Becker, Truman State University (Web editor)

PHS Editor, Peace & Change Web Site Editor

Heather Fryer
Creighton University

Managing Editor
Andrew Wilson,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Book Review Editor
Robert Shaffer
Shippensburg University

Marc Becker
Department of History
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO 63501

PHS News Editor

PHS UN Representative

Ginger Williams
Winthrop University

Blanche Wiesen Cook
John Jay College & CUNY Graduate Center
34 Audubon Street
East Hampton, NY  11937, USA. 
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