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The humanities career landscape beyond academia draws on a wide range of insightful manifestos, studies, and narratives that have circulated throughout the world of higher education over the last few decades. Empirical studies, MLA reports, and individual narratives have sought to identify challenges facing Ph.D.s seeking traditional academic jobs, as well as the institutional weaknesses of preparing doctoral students for the changing employment landscape.

In the absence of a central repository of research on the topic of Ph.D. employment, we’ve drawn upon scholars throughout and beyond Georgetown to compile a directory of noteworthy resources. Many of the resources here might be unfamiliar, but of greatest interest, to graduate students. We would like to express particular thanks to leading voices in the discussion, such as Katina Rogers, who have curated their own lists of useful resources for many years.

We welcome any recommendations for resources. Please feel free to get in touch to make a suggestion.

Immediate Resources:

We encourage those interested in the public and engaged humanities to explore the communities linked below.

  • Beyond the Professoriate, a community for graduate students and Ph.D.s to connect with like-minded people and explore career options.
  • ImaginePhD, a free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Humanities Action Lab, a coalition of universities, issue organizations, and public spaces in 40 cities, and growing, led from Rutgers University-Newark, that collaborate to produce community-curated public humanities projects on urgent social issues.

Studies and Reports

Comprehensive studies from Stanford and the University of Toronto demonstrated that a large percentage of doctorate holders have consistently found work outside the professorship.

Critiques of the Academy:

In recent years, experts on the academy and graduate education have combined these insights into manifestos that offer a comprehensive critique of current doctoral education, as well as concrete recommendations for the revision of doctoral programs.


These discussions overlap with critical examinations of the role of the humanities, and humanities education, in today’s interdisciplinary world.

Video Lectures:

Opinion Articles and News:


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Academic Articles:

Graduate Programs or Initiatives: