Resource List


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This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all resources in these areas, but rather to serve as a useful starting point for your own exploration.

On this page: Career Exploration | Safety & Risk | Graduate Education Reform

Career Exploration for PhDs

ImaginePhD––From the Graduate Career Consortium, this free and confidential career planning site is perhaps the best resource on the web for humanities and social science PhDs who are want to explore the spectrum of careers available to them. It includes self-assessment tools, guides to job families, and also resources for creating an independent development plan (IDP) for your time in graduate school.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows for Recent PhDs
Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows for Recent PhDs––Mellon Foundation-funded postdocs that place 20 humanities and humanistic social science PhDs each year in nonprofit and government organizations for two years. The list of past fellowships, available on the website, is useful inspiration, and can also be a source of organizations to check out and people to connect with.

AHA Career Diversity
AHA Career Diversity––From the American Historical Association, the Mellon-funded AHA Career Diversity initiative supports career exploration for history PhDs. Where Do Historians Work? is an easy-to-use interactive database of History PhD career outcomes. Their resources around the Career Diversity 5 Skills are useful for students and faculty alike.

MLA Connected Academics
MLA Connected Academics––From the Modern Language Association, the Mellon-funded Connected Academics initiative supports career exploration for English and modern language PhDs. Their Career Exploration Activity Packet, Primer to Life outside the Academy, resume and transferable skills documents, tips for informational interviews, and LinkedIn guide are useful for students. Faculty––not only those in MLA fields!––should note their Doctoral Student Career Planning tool kit for faculty and programs.

Humanists@Work––From the UC Humanities Research Institute and partially funded by Connected Academics, Humanists@Work supports career diversity among humanities PhDs in the UC system. Their website––which is heavier on video than some of the others––contains numerous Stories from the Field (PhDs speaking about their career paths), as well as Candid Conversations between faculty and students on topics like debt and mentorship.

Promising Practices in PhD Professional Development
Promising Practices in PhD Professional Development––This document from the Council of Graduate Schools provides a summary of lessons learned from the first cohort of the National Endowment for the Humanities’s NextGen PhD program.

Summary of Prior Work in Humanities PhD Professional Development
Summary of Prior Work in Humanities PhD Professional Development––This document from the Council of Graduate Schools provides an overview of past work in humanities PhD career diversity.

National Association of Practicing Anthropologists

Safety & Risk as a Public Scholar

Harassment and Scholar-Targeting Tactics

Protection & Response

Public Scholarship and Graduate Education Reform


Journal Articles

Op-Eds & Other Public Scholarship

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