By Grace Ballor
Recent efforts to professionalize doctoral students in history for careers beyond the professoriate, including initiatives such as the AHA’s Career Diversity for Historians, have faced significant resistance from critics, students, and faculty alike, who worry about the commercialization of the academy. Skeptics express concern that attempts to “repurpose the history PhD” dissuade graduate students from scholarship in favor of other career paths, and deliberately devalue both a doctoral degree in history as well as the pursuit of historical knowledge.
By Anna L. Krome-Lukens
At an Open Forum hosted by the AHA’s Graduate and Early Career Committee (GECC), this was Karen Wilson’s message for graduate students concerned about their job prospects:
By Jennifer McPherson
Whether in research or teaching, as historians we wrestle with the big questions of our specialized fields. Unfortunately, far too often one of the biggest questions about the discipline goes unasked and unanswered: What do professors actually do?
By Karen S. Wilson and Annie Maxfield
Collaboration in the humanities and humanistic social sciences has been rare, at least until the relatively recent rise in digital humanities. As scholars, we have been accustomed to working solo
By Jessica DeWitt
“Sorry, We’re Closed,” read the sign on the door of the small Albertan museum I had traveled hours to get to and planned to conduct research at last Monday. I sighed, “What now?” I thought to myself as I climbed back into my car …
By Marsha Barrett
In anticipation of a new academic year, we solicited reflections from three early-career historians on their first years in new positions. Today, Marsha Barrett talks about her first year on the tenure track.
While at the AHA, I’ve been hearing a lot of conversations on graduate education and careers that have resonated with my own experience as an MA student at the University of Virginia.
By Thai Jones
In anticipation of a new academic year, we solicited reflections from three early-career historians on their first years in new positions. Today, Thai Jones talks about his first year as a special-collections curator.