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. In December 2016, the Mellon Foundation awarded the AHA a new $1.5 million grant to implement the next phase of the initiative. Read more about the history of Career Diversity here.

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

Bring Career Diversity to Your Department

The AHA invites PhD-granting departments to participate in a series of faculty institutes designed to explore lessons related to the pilot phase of Career Diversity. Travel to the institutes will be fully-funded. Applications will be accepted through April 17, 2017, on Interfolio.

A video on the application process can be found here.

Learn more and apply!

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-level 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. Use the database get a fine-grained sense of the range of careers open to history PhDs (based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' Standard Occupational Categories, or SOC) and to compare program outcomes by field of study, geographic location, gender, date of graduation and more.

View Visualizations of Career Outcomes

Upcoming and Recent Events

UT Austin Career Diversity Symposium

April 7, 2017, 8:30 am - 5:00 p.m., Glickman Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin

This one-day symposium, featuring panels with UT alumni, is open to all students interested in understanding employment options beyond academia.

The Relevance of History: The Place of the Discipline in Contemporary Society

April 13-14, 2017, Regenstein Library, The University of Chicago

Faculty, alumni, students, and historians working in a wide range of careers will explore the role of historians and historical thinking in the world. Registration open until April 1.

UB Symposium on the Humanities Beyond the Academy

April 22, 2017, 9 am - 4:45 pm, Clemens 120, University at Buffalo North Campus

Students, faculty, and members of the public are invited to a symposium on career opportunities for Humanities scholars. The event is free and lunch will be provided to those who register before Tuesday, April 18.