The What, How, and Why of Life Working as an Independent Historian

Endorsed by the Committee on Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment (CPACE) and the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA)

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 11:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Type: Workshop

Tags: Professional Development


Pre-registration required

Limited to 40 people


What do historians do if they’re not working as teachers and researchers? Where can you go for advice when your mentors only know the tenure track? Degreed, fed, professionally fulfilled historians lead this all-day workshop on living and working outside the academy. They will help you think through the big picture—What can I do?; What do I want to do?—but the focus will be on the details: What are my options? Where do I begin? What’s the process? How do I present my skills? How do I set up a history-oriented business? How do I get people to pay me? How do I brand myself? Panelists will draw upon their own experiences navigating the postgraduate work world while providing tools participants can use should they choose a life outside of the classroom.

Session Participants

Chair: Bob Beatty

Presenter: Spencer S. Downing

Presenter: Susan Ferentinos, Public History Consultant

Presenter: Jocelyn Imani

Presenter: Seph Rodney

Presenter: Greg Stevens, Purple Cow Consulting