Thinking Like a Historian at a Think Tank

AHA Session
Friday, January 5, 2018: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Marriott Ballroom, Salon 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)
Brian Balogh, University of Virginia
Ted R. Bromund, The Heritage Foundation
Philip Eric Wolgin, Center for American Progress
Stephanie Young, RAND Corporation

Session Abstract

What does thinking historically mean when you work at a think tank? What does research--historical or otherwise--look like in the policy arena, and how does it differ from academia? How does earning a PhD in history prepare—or not prepare—historians to make a different in the policy world? And what opportunities and challenges does working at a think tank present? In this roundtable session, historians working at three different think tanks will share their experiences in transitioning to careers in think tanks and address how the discipline of history can have an impact in policy.
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