Humanities Careers

Connected Conversations: Bennett Donovan

In the fifth installment of our Connected Conversations series, Bennett Donovan, practice manager of Managed Services at Blackbaud, talks about how he went from history PhD to data-management specialist, how he uses his PhD in his current position, and what he sees as the most important and enjoyable aspect of his job.

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Connected Conversations: Rachel Bernard

In the third installment of our Connected Conversations series, Rachel Bernard, program officer at the American Council of Learned Societies, talks about a typical workday, how she uses the research and communications skills she gained from her PhD, and what she thinks graduate students can do to prepare for life outside the academy.

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Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, and the Interstitial PhD

“Oh, you have a PhD, so you must be a professor?” Emily McGinn, digital humanities coordinator at the University of Georgia, is not unfamiliar with the question. As she says, “The resulting blank stare is often followed by something like, “So … you scan stuff?” Such is the nature of the alt-ac existence, not quite legible, almost interpretable, nearly recognizable.”

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Alt-Ac in the Archives

Alt-Ac in the Archives

Rachel Wimpee has a PhD in French and French studies from New York University. A former American Council for Learned Societies Public Fellow, she is now a historian in the Research and Education division of the Rockefeller Archive Center.

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From French Professor to Fund-raising and Development

From French Professor to Fund-raising and Development

“I was unsatisfied with many aspects of university work—for example, the isolation and competitiveness—and eventually discovered I’d exhausted the possibilities at my disposal or realized that what I was looking for or enjoyed doing was not there. I decided to bring my love of learning, along with my drive for accomplishment and success, to the world beyond the university.”

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Cultural Programming in NYC

Cultural Programming in NYC

Hanna Griff-Slevin, director of cultural programming and intern coordinator at the Museum at Eldridge Street, on how a combination of PhD training and on-the-ground experience prepared her for a public humanities career.

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