2023 Election

This year, AFS members will vote for two seats on the Executive Board and one seat on the Nominating Committee, all for a three-year, 2024–2026 term. Those elected will take office on January 1, 2024.

Executive Board (two to be elected to three-year, 2024-2026 terms):

  • Betty Belanus (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)
  • Ashley Minner Jones (Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian)
  • Margaret Steiner (Indiana University)
  • Ziying You (The College of Wooster)

Nominating Committee (one to be elected to a three-year, 2024-2026 term):

  • Lijun Zhang (George Mason University)
  • Naomi Sturm-Wijesinghe (Los Herederos and City Lore)

Each of the candidates put forward by the AFS Nominating Committee (chaired by Sarah Gordon with members Carrie Hertz, Fernando Orejuela, and Guha Shankar) has provided a summary professional biography and shared their views in the AFS Candidates’ Forum.

Secure online voting will begin in November after the Annual Meeting and will continue through December 21. Those elected will take office on January 1, 2024. 

Candidates’ Forum

A virtual Candidates’ Forum was held on Thursday, October 12, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm.

Learn more about AFS governance and elections.