Career Diversity in Transnational Context

AHA Session 103
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Beekman Room (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Suzanne Lynn Marchand, Louisiana State University
Rebekka Habermas, Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Jo McCutcheon, University of Ottawa and Canadian Historical Association
Peter Mandler, University of Cambridge
Emily Swafford, American Historical Association

Session Abstract

Though often framed in national terms, conversations about the purpose and value of humanities PhDs and the career paths available to humanists are transnational issues. Despite significant differences in their systems of higher education, many countries face similar challenges related to long terms changes in academic employment and ongoing need to develop resources aimed at helping better prepare graduate students for a wide range of careers. This roundtable conversation brings together leaders from organizations in the U.S., the E.U., the U.K., and Canada to describe employment outcomes for humanists in their country, discuss institutional efforts to broaden career preparation for PhDs, and situate the challenges facing graduate education in history in both national and transnational frameworks.
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