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.  Read more on the background of the iniative here.

Check back often as we develop tools and resources and provide updates on our activities.

Departmental Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our inaugural Career Diversity for Historians Departmental Grants recipients! See the longer descriptions on AHA Today and check back soon to hear updates on their projects.

University of Missouri-Kansas City

University of North Carolina

University of Washington

Texas A&M

University of California-Irvine

Read about the Projects

Upcoming Events

2016 Regional Conferences

"History in Action: The Many Conversations of History"

  • January 21-22, 2016; Columbia University

"The Futures of History: Discussions, Demonstrations, Displays"

  • February 25-26, 2016; University of California, Los Angeles

*Register and read the program on the conference site.

Join the conversation: #AHACareerDiversity

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

Career Diversity Resources

Are you a graduate student in history? Dissertating? Recently finished? Or even just considering enrolling in a history PhD program? Find resources to help you think about the usefulness of historical training in a variety of career paths at any stage of your graduate education. 

Check out Career Contacts, What I Do, and Career Paths to learn about the individual careers of different historians. Read "The Many Careers of the History PhD" to learn about career outcomes for the discipline as a whole. 

Check back soon as we continue to add new resources.

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