Historians and Work-Life Balance: A Roundtable Discussion

AHA Session 116
Friday, January 6, 2017: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 2B (Colorado Convention Center, Ballroom Level)
Catherine Epstein, Amherst College
Catherine Epstein, Amherst College
Josie Faass, Institute for Advanced Study
Cristle Collins Judd, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Sophia Rosenfeld, Yale University
Marla Stone, Occidental College
David Trowbridge, Marshall University

Session Abstract

This session will explore how historians negotiate work-life balance over the course of their careers. Three historians and two representatives from grant-making institutions will join the audience for a wide-ranging conversation on evolving views on these matters. What challenges are faced by historians with partners and children? What solutions have historians found that allow them to balance their careers with their family obligations? What compromises have they made? What opportunities, if any, have they experienced? How do colleges and universities, as well as grant-making institutions, strive to support faculty career development at all stages? More particularly, how have historians with partners negotiated the opportunity to hold residential fellowships? How have historians maintained their archival research agendas, especially when the archival work could be done only far from home?
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