Career Diversity for Historians

The AHA's Career Diversity for Historians initiative is working to better prepare graduate students and early-career historians for a range of career options, within and beyond the academy.  With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the AHA and four pilot departments are working to explore the culture and practice of graduate education and how it can better support the changing needs of PhD students. Read more on the background of the iniative here.

Check back often as we develop tools and resources and provide updates on our activities.

Departmental Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the second round of Career Diversity for Historians Departmental Grants recipients! See the longer descriptions on AHA Today and check back soon to hear updates on their projects.

Georgia State University

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Connecticut

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

University of Texas at Austin

Read about the Projects

Upcoming and Recent Events

2017 Annual Meeting

"Decoding Work: Aligning Values and Career"

  • Saturday, January 7, 2017, 11:45–12:45 PM; Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 2
  • Led by Annie Maxfield, associate director of graduate student relations and services at UCLA Career Center
  • Register and take a Life Values Assessment for free

2017 Career Fair

  • Saturday, January 7, 2017, 1:00–4:00 PM; Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 2
  • Meet historians in a variety of job fields, or volunteer to guide others. Sign up to be an adviser here.

Read the AHA17 Professional Development Guide for more Career Diversity programming.

The Many Careers of History PhDs: A Study of Job Outcomes, Spring 2013

Career PathsEarning a doctoral degree in history presents a range of choices, starting with questions about where and what to study, and how to pay for the effort. Too often those choices have to be made with a significant amount of guesswork as to their potential outcomes. As part of the American Historical Association's assessment of careers for history PhDs, the authors of this study undertook a detailed analysis of the current employment held by 2,500 history PhDs, all of whom earned their degrees between 1998 and 2009.

Explore the Study