What I Do: Historians Talk about Their Work is a web series that answers some of the questions people have about where historians work and what they do. Each month, a different historian will sit down to talk about what they do, how they got their job, what makes their job interesting or challenging, and what they love about their work. In this segment, Stephen Aron, Professor of History at UCLA and Chair of the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center, talks about how his position as chair provides opportunities to bridge the divide between academic and public history by working to make scholarship more accessible to broader audiences.
The "What I Do" video series is produced by the American Historical Association's as a part of its Career Diversity for Historians Initiative. The American Historical Association is the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. The AHA is a trusted voice advocating for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life.
The AHA's Career Diversity for Historians initiative is working to better prepare graduate students and early-career historians for a range of career options, within and beyond the academy. With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Career Diversity is working to explore the culture and practice of graduate education and how it can better support the changing needs of PhD students.