The University at Buffalo Department of History is committed to exploring and advancing career diversity for historians. We boast a large number of graduates working in non-academic settings, ranging from public history to libraries to public policy.
In April 2017, the department hosted a symposium entitled Humanities Beyond the Academy, funded with a grant from the American Historical Association that was secured through the hard work of Director of Graduate Studies Kristin Stapleton and PhD candidate David Strittmatter. The symposium featured speakers such as Dr. Franklin Odo and Dr. Phillip Payne, who have blended public service and academic scholarship into rewarding careers, as well as roundtables featuring numerous UB alumni who are using their humanities degrees outside of the collegiate setting. The symposium also brought together scholars and members of the public with representatives of several local public humanities institutions for a career and internship fair.
In May 2017, the American Historical Association announced that UB History was among 36 departments chosen for inclusion in their AHA Career Diversity Faculty Institutes. Director of Graduate Studies Kristin Stapleton, Director of the Master’s Program Gail Radford, and Chair of the Department Victoria Wolcott will represent the department in these institutes, where they will explore the issue of career diversity for historians and consider potential implications for history education.