By Caroline Wazer
In 2013, the American Historical Association released a report on the career outcomes of 2,500 history PhDs who received their degrees between 1998 and 2009. The report found that almost a quarter of the respondents were in careers outside the professoriate, including those in academic administration, nonprofits, and K–12 teaching.
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 Jonathan Lewis
“Why would you major in history? Does Starbucks require a BA now?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard some iteration of that question in college, I’d spend my days lounging
By Rob Townsend
As tuition and student debt rise, questions from students, parents, and administrators about the future value of a history major have become more pointed.
By Cristina Belli
On a sunny day in September, I made a phone call home to my parents, eager to share all the wonderful experiences I was having in my first weeks at college. It was a routine conversation: How were my classes? Was I making any friends? How bad was the food? Amidst the flurry of inquiries, I quietly mentioned I had decided to declare history as my major. An uncomfortably long pause followed … and then an incredulous, “What?”
In my 18 years of life, I had always been determined to follow in my parents’ footsteps, studying economics and making a life for myself somewhere in the financial world—or maybe at the World Bank, like my father.
By Skyler Reidy
To celebrate a new academic year, we solicited reflections from three early-career historians on their first years in new positions. Today, Skyler Reidy talks about his first year in graduate school as a PhD candidate.
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.
As part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative, the AHA is producing and making available short videos of historians working in unusual places talking about what they do. The newest video features Valerie Paley of the New-York Historical Society.