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

Texas A&M University Professional Deveopment Workshop

October 10-11, 2019

AHA executive director Jim Grossman will lead a professional development workshop titled "Introduction to AHA Resources."

Faculty Discussion & Imagine PhD Workshop at University of Texas at Austin

September 25, 2019

AHA executive director Jim Grossman will attend a "meet and greet" with graduate students, faculty lunch and discussion, and Imagine PhD Workshop at the University of Texas at Austin.

Career Diversity Presentation at Humanities Graduate Education for the World's Work: A Symposium at the University of Iowa

September 13, 2019

Jim Grossman, AHA executive director, will present on the panel "Scholarly Associations & Graduate Education: Diversifying Career Planning in the Humanities" at the Humanities Graduate Education for the World's Work: A Symposium.