Graduate and Early Career Committee 2008

In 2008, the Graduate and Early Career Committee (formerly the Committee for Graduate Students) published a pamphlet entitled From Concept to Completion: A Dissertation-Writing Guide for History Students. This pamphlet features essays by 12 prominent historians. Each essay explores a different facet of the dissertation process and provides dissertators with practical, actionable steps to make the task of completing a dissertation more transparent and manageable. This pamphlet, which made its debut at the 2009 annual meeting, is available for purchase through the AHA’s online pubs shop.

During 2008 GECC enhanced the resources available on its Graduate Student and Early Career Professional web page by adding materials on postdoctoral opportunities, negotiating a job offer, and on major universities’ spousal hiring and family leave policies. GECC also arranged for the publication of a forum on “Making the Transition to a Professional Career” in the December issue of Perspectives on History.

At the 2009 annual meeting in New York, GECC sponsored sessions entitled “From Dissertation to Book,” “Preparing for the Research Trip,” “Careers for Historians Beyond Academe,” and a session on the role of coursework in graduate education. In addition, GECC and the Local Arrangements Committee cosponsored an archival skills workshop at the United Nations Archives.