Humanities PhDs beyond the Academy: The Employer Perspective

AHA Session 1
Friday, January 3, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Trianon Ballroom (New York Hilton, Third Floor)
John Paul Christy, American Council of Learned Societies
Kevin Cottrell, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Carolyn Silver, consultant
Aviva Rosenthal, Smithsonian Global

Session Abstract

Now in its ninth year, the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program has placed over 150 recent humanities PhDs in two-year, substantive roles within a variety of organizations in the government and nonprofit sectors. In this panel, supervisors who have worked with Public Fellows with PhDs in history discuss their experiences during the fellowship and after. What qualities do humanities PhDs bring to an organization? For what kinds of roles are they well suited? What concerns or reservations might employers have about humanities PhDs and how might individual candidates, departments, or universities better address those concerns? What recommendations would they give humanities PhDs currently on the job market?
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