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.

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.

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!

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