Author Archives: Dylan Ruediger

About Dylan Ruediger

Dylan is the Coordinator of Career Diversity for Historians initiatives and also serves on the editorial board of Perspectives on History. He comes to the AHA from Georgia State University, where he recently completed a PhD in Early American and Native American history, focusing on Native American political relationships in late seventeenth and early eighteenth century Virginia.

The Geography of History PhDs

The AHA’s “Where Historians Work” is an ambitious research project designed to track the career outcomes of everyone who earned a PhD in history from 2004–13 in the United States. Last year, we launched a beta version of “Where Historians Work” showing initial results from 34 PhD programs. Since then, we have gathered information on the remaining 127 PhD programs, locating some 8,000 individuals using publicly available information. We are now in a position to truly understand the national landscape of employment for history PhDs. 

Another Tough Year for the Academic Job Market in History

Job ads in the AHA Career Center, the leading venue for job advertisements aimed at history PhDs, have declined for the fifth straight year and are now at their lowest level since the mid-1980s. During the period from June 2016 to June 2017, the Career Center posted 501 listings for full-time positions, a steep 12 percent decline compared to the same period from 2015–16.[1] Of these positions, 289 were on the tenure track, 94 were full-time, non-tenure-track positions (including both permanent and visiting positions), and 60 were postdocs.

Professional Pathways: What’s New at AHA18

Through its work, the AHA has learned that popular wisdom severely underestimates the value and versatility of a history degree. As the seat of the federal government, home to a battery of museums and archives, nonprofits, colleges and universities, and K–12 schools, the District of Columbia showcases many of the career paths open to historians. At the 2018 AHA annual meeting, we are taking full advantage of the diverse local community of historians to offer a slate of professional development activities that is bigger and more varied than ever.

Where Historians Work: How to Find Yourself in the Data

Several months ago, the AHA released “Where Historians Work,” a series of interactive visualizations created as part of our ongoing effort to collect measurable data about the career paths of history PhDs. Since then, thousands of people have used the visualizations to get a sense of the rich variety of jobs that historians find after completing their doctoral education.