Membership is the lifeblood of any organization, and if you are a current or lifetime member of the WHA, we thank you for your support. The WHA is the nexus of the field of world history and counts on your membership to promote the field, support scholars, teachers, and students, run conferences and symposia, and act as a general resource and clearinghouse of information. Thank you for supporting the organization which supports the good that you do in turn.

If you are not yet a member or have let your membership lapse, we invite you to join or renew your membership today.

We also offer our sincere thanks to our lifetime members—thank you for your dedication to the field and the WHA; we appreciate your example and commitment to the health of the organization.

Member Benefits

WHA members receive subscriptions to WHA publications the Journal of World History and the World History Bulletin. Members are also elegible for discounted registration fees at the annual WHA conference, as well as occasional discounts on prize-winning books and other promotions.

Membership Rates

WHA membership runs on a calendar year basis (1 January–31 December). Any memberships processed or received on or after 1 October are automatically processed or renewed for the following year. If you join or renew mid-year, back issues of both publications will be sent to you.

Membership rates are based on self-reported pretax income levels:

Income 1 yr 2 yr 3 yr
≥ $100,000 $175 $320 $465
$75,000–$99,999 $160 $290 $420
$60,000–$74,999 $135 $240 $345
$45,000–$59,999 $120 $210 $300
< $45,000 $70 $135 $200

All values are United States dollars.

Full-Time Students

The membership rate for full-time students is $50 per year. In order to qualify you must be taking the full number of credits required by your institution to be considered a full-time student. Please send a valid student ID showing the current year. Membership may not be valid unless current ID is received.

Lifetime Membership

Lifetime memberships are available for $2,500, payable in one lump sum or in four annual installments of $625 each. Our lifetime members help to ensure the long-term success of the association and are recognized in the on-line list of lifetime members.

A note on the Journal of World History

All WHA members receive digital access to the Journal of World History.  Paper copies of the journal are available for an additional fee of $10 per year.