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

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 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.

View Visualizations of Career Outcomes

Career Diversity Video Resources

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

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.