Author Archives: Elizabeth Elliott

About Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth provides support for the program and executive staff at the AHA, including assistance with projects, prizes and fellowships, committees, and ongoing operational work. In addition, Elizabeth produces content for the AHA Today blog, including the AHA Member Spotlight feature. She received a BA in history from Gettysburg College in 2013, with special interests in poetry and Civil War Era studies.

Experiments in Writing History

Laura Kamoie still receives periodic royalty statements for a book she published over a decade ago—an economic history of the early American Tayloe family, based on her PhD dissertation from the College of William and Mary. She knows that, to date, it has sold 773 copies, an ordinary showing for a first book that might be assigned in a university class once in a while. As for the next work she lists under the publications section of her CV? That one has sold over 350,000 copies. 

Postcards from AHA18

“The weather’s been, uh . . . wonderful!” What would you write on a postcard sent from AHA18? What memories have you made over these four frigid days in the nation’s capital? As the 132nd AHA annual meeting comes to a close, AHA Today presents a few attendees’ favorite moments. Do you have a personal highlight from the meeting? Let us know below in the comments section, or on Twitter!

Odd Jobs: The Outliers of Where Historians Work

For the past 18 months, I have been supporting the ground-level research for Where Historians Work, AHA’s interactive database of cross-institutional data on history PhD job outcomes. After many long hours of finding, categorizing, and updating current employment information for thousands of historians, I can say with confidence that I am no longer surprised by any of their career choices. I’ve found sports coaches, movie producers, farmworkers, mechanical engineers, software developers, and many others working in fields where a history PhD is definitely not the prerequisite. 

Making Memories at AHA17

Whether this is your first or fiftieth annual meeting, you can probably pick out a favorite moment from the familiar flurry of activities. Perhaps it was the time you spotted an old friend, presented your new research after months of anticipation, or listened to someone who forever changed your perspective on a topic. We asked this year’s attendees to tell us the highlights—personal or professional—of their snowy weekend in the Mile High City:

Past Graduates with a BA in History: Where are They Now?

To help history students adapt to the changing job market, the AHA has begun a new series on searching for jobs and developing careers. In this post, AHA’s Elizabeth Elliott checked in with her fellow Gettysburg College history graduates to see what careers they have pursued.