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

Where Historians Work

Pie chart of career fields for WHW.Where Historians Work is an interactive, online database that catalogues the career outcomes of the 8,523 historians who earned PhDs at U.S. universities from 2004 and 2013. Powered by Tableau, Where Historians Work provides the fullest picture of PhD careers available for any discipline, and signals the AHA’s commitment to transparency in discussions of careers for history PhDs.

Where Historians Work

Career Diversity A/V Resources

Podcast Recordings

Audio resources from Career Diversity include edited sessions from the AHA annual meeting.

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

Preparing Humanities PhD's for the Future Instead of the Past at the University of Miami

February 15, 2019

Jim Grossman, executive director, will discuss the AHA's inquiries into whether and how graduate preparation in history and other humanities disciplines might adapt to a changing landscape on a panel at the University of Miami. 

Presentation on Career Diversity at Rutgers University

February 20, 2019

Director of academic and professional affairs, Emily Swafford, will give a presentation on Career Diversity to the Rutgers University history department.

What to do with a History Ph.D.?: A panel discussion co-sponsored by the World History Association and the UC Berkeley History Department

February 22, 2019, 2:30pm-4:00pm. 

Emily Swafford, director of academic and professional affairs, will speak on a Career Diversity panel at the California World History Association annual meeting. 

Wayne State University Mentoring Workshop

February 25, 2019

Executive director Jim Grossman will visit Wayne State and participate in a day-long mentoring workshop with faculty and PhD students.

UIUC Women's and Gender History Conference Career Diversity Panel

March 8, 2019

Jim Grossman, executive director of the AHA, will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's 19th annual graduate Women's and Gender History Symposium and participate in a panel on Career Diversity.