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 three dozen departments from around the country are working to explore the culture and practice of graduate education and how it can better support the changing needs of PhD students. Check back often as we develop tools and resources and provide updates on our activities.

More about Career Diversity

New! - Where Historians Work: An Interactive Database of History PhD Career Outcomes

Pie chart showing "Employment Outcomes for all Alumni" drawn from the Where Historians Work data

Based on the ground-breaking "The Many Careers of History PhDs," the AHA has gathered departmental data from more than 30 departments that grant history PhDs and created the only interactive, discipline-specific, and cross-institutional database of career outcomes for PhDs.

View Visualizations of Career Outcomes

Career Diversity Video Resources

What I Do

What I Do: Historians Talk about Their Work is a web series that answers some of the questions people have about where historians work and what they do. Each month, a different historian will sit down to talk about what they do, how they got their job, what makes their job interesting or challenging, and what they love about their work.

Additional Videos

Additional video resources from Career Diversity include sessions from the AHA annual meeting, conversations at pilot program conferences, and webinars.

Upcoming and Recent Events

Where Historians Work Twitter Chat

July 18, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Got questions about the careers of history PhDs? Join the AHA's Emily Swafford for a Twitter chat about "Where Historians Work," our groundbreaking database of career outcomes for PhDs. Ask Emily questions and share your thoughts about this new tool at #ahadata on July 18th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST. Direct-message questions to @AHAhistorians or email them to if you prefer to submit them privately.