Careers Workshop for Graduate Students

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Type: Workshop


Pre-registration required

Limited to 40 people

Cost: Complimentary

Morning session: From Submission to Publication: A Conversation with Journal of American History Editors

Ever wonder about the process that article and review submissions go through before they appear online or in print at the OAH’s publications? Editors from the Journal of American History will describe the steps along the way and answer your questions about any aspect of submission, peer review, and copy editing. They will also discuss the review process for books, exhibitions, and other historical works.s.

Afternoon session: Federal Jobs Workshop 

This workshop, presented by members of Society for History in the Federal Government (, is designed to provide information and resources for individuals seeking employment in history-related fields in the federal government. Facilitators will discuss their career paths, answer questions about securing a federal job, and help guide attendees through the USAJOBS system and the process of applying for positions.

Session Participants

Presenter: Kristin L. Ahlberg, U.S. Department of State
Kristin L. Ahlberg is the Assistant to the General Editor at the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State, where she compiles and reviews volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States series.  She is currently the past president of the Society for History in the Federal Government, and she serves on the Governance and Membership Committees of the National Council for Public History and the Peterson Committee of the Agricultural History Society.

Presenter: Stephen Douglas Andrews, Organization of American Historians

Presenter: Mandy A. Chalou, Department of State
Mandy A. Chalou joined the Office of the Historian at the US Department of State in March 2008 as a historian in the Declassification and Publishing Division. She is part of the Office’s digital initiatives team and is currently the Chief of the Editing and Publishing Division, where she oversees the typesetting and publishing of the Foreign Relations series and the editing of other Office projects. 

Presenter: Elizabeth C. Charles, Department of State
Elizabeth C. Charles is a historian at the Office of the Historian at the Department of State, where she researches and compiles the Foreign Relations of the United States series. Elizabeth is the current President of the Society for History in the Federal Government. 

Presenter: Jessie Kratz, National Archives
Jessie Kratz is the Historian of the National Archives. She is a past president of the Society for History in the Federal Government and is currently co-chair of the National Council on Public History Committee for Government Historians.

Presenter: Kevin B. Marsh

Presenter: Mattea V. Sanders, United States Air Force
Mattea has worked as a historian for the federal government for twelve years. Prior to the Air Force, she worked at the National Park Service, Department of the Army, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Smithsonian Institution.