Graduate Where I Work: Historians and Our Institutions

AHA Session 139
Saturday, January 9, 2016: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Imperial Ballroom A (Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marquis Level)
Edward Balleisen, Duke University
Spencer R. Crew, George Mason University
Meaghan N. Duff, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Lynn Weiner, Roosevelt University
Thomas R. Wellock, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Session Abstract

As historians, our work is profoundly shaped not only by our training and fields of study, but also by the variety of institutions where we work.  In turn, our training as historians can have a profound impact on how we contribute to and shape an institution’s mission. This roundtable will explore four types of institutions that employ historians: higher education (as both faculty and as administrators), the federal government, private business and non-profits, and museums and public history organizations.  Conversation will pay particular attention to what advantages (and challenges) historical training provides for a variety of workplaces and to the ways in which historical analysis prepares historians to “think institutionally” as they collaborate with colleagues and work toward a larger goal.

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