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

Career Diversity Workshop at Georgia State University

November 9, 2018

Dylan Ruediger, coordinator, Career Diversity for Historians and Institutional Research, will  sit on the panel "Career Diversity Panel: Non-professorial tracks for humanities PhD's."

15th Annual Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference: "Building Bridges"

November 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Navigating the Historical Profession: Different Career Options for Historians at the Western History Association

October 18, 2018


Two Career Diversity Fellows will participate in a panel discussion of career options for History PhDs at the WHA annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

History Workshop: Career Diversity for Historians at the University of Delaware

October 9, 2018 at 12:30 pm

AHA Executive Director James Grossman will present a workshop on Career Diversity hosted by the University of Delaware.

Putting Advanced Degrees to Work in the Twenty-First Century: Academic Associations on Recent Trends in Career Pathways for Humanities and STEM Fields. 


Tuesday, October 2, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Located in the South Lounge at Fordham's Lincoln Center Campus (113 West 60 th Street, New York, NY 10023).

The AHA's Emily Swafford, director of academic and professional affairs, will participate in a panel discussion on career pathways.